LACK OF ART - THE ART OF LACK
LACK OF ART stems from a number of older projects and combinations of preferences in art & design.
The basis of this project is a simple table from IKEA, LACK. It is a square table with square legs and a top based on board-on-frame construction. The design dates from 1979 and has already known many variants in terms of color. In addition to the table series, shelves have also been developed.
The current price for a basic LACK table in the Netherlands is € 6.99 (April 2022). This makes LACK a very interesting piece of furniture that can be used for many purposes. I used LACK in 2020 as pedestals for the INLAY Project. An older project from the 80s, CornePiece, also gave me the idea to use LACK for that. LACK was also the inspiration for the Christmas card and New Year’s card for 2021/2022.
From these ideas and experiences and the predilection for minimalist and conceptual art the idea was born to use LACK for an art project. The concept consists of combining LACK tables, the white version, into an abstract work of art. By figuring out all combinations for a series that runs from 1 to 6 stacked LACK tables, a kind of DNA of combinations was created.
The choice of a maximum of 6 tables has been made because the height of the tables corresponds to the size of the room height of houses. Many modern houses go up to 250 cm high, older houses sometimes exceed 300 cm. A total of 126 combinations are possible for vertical stacking.
The restrictions imposed are that only vertical stacking is allowed and the table may be used either with the top up or down. No horizontal shifts. The sphere present acts as a decorative element that leads a life of its own within a rigid system.
This concept has been elaborated in 2D diagrams and in 3D renderings. In the LACK-A Series we’ve made all the combinations from 1 to 6 elements with the first item in the DNA- series. The total amount of permutations is 720. Using the 126 variations in the DNA-series we would come to a total of 665.241 combinations.... That means starting in 200 A.D. until now, every day a new design...
LACK OF ART is a step further towards a concept where anyone can make a work of art with LACK. Functional or not, art and design or not.
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