Form from Function
The starting point behind the curatorial project was to consider the remarkably shaped building that REH Kunst inhabits. The curved form of the architecture permits the hall to be able to expand or contact, dependent on location and its required use. This design approach is an unusual application of the 20th century design ethos Form follows function. The buildings form is a result of its versatile ability, and not by one defined architectural use, making it perhaps more akin with furniture such as nestling tables. The exhibition title Form from Function is a corruption of the 20th century design concept of ‘form follows function’. And highlights the architecture and the change in use of the artifacts contained there in.
Form from Function showcases sculptures by artists who have utilized or dissected functional everyday furniture or domestic utensils, to construct new forms for reflection. Each of the works selected differ greatly, with no common conceptual or formal approach. The selected art works do not conceal the former functional identity of their parts. This ‘honesty to materials’ plays with the viewers associations of the former object with the artist’s intent within the new form.