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NEL VERBEKE

THE RELIC OF TIME

At undisclosed intervals, a small amount of black dust travels slowly through the air, delicately collected on a copper plate. As a relic of what used to be, of time and time gone by, the collected dust reminds us of our own vulnerability, vanity and contemporaneity, and by doing so, it reminds us of life. As such, the work materialises time in its most confronting presence: as the ceaseless movement where things appear and disappear, exist and cease to exist. But it also provides moments as autonomous entities, detached from goals or concerns, that could be habitable spaces by themselves, measuring nor directing.

material

dimensions

year

edition

 

porcelain, copper, charcoal

86 × 70 × 16 cm

2018

8 (+ 2 AP)

 

THE SOUND OF TIME - LARGE

The form of the hourglass consists of two conoidal components joined at their narrowest points. Their opaque manifestation makes them enigmatic, almost mysterious. It is within the act that the hourglass reveals its secret. As it is turned over, inner material travels from top to bottom, generating a sound: the sound of time.

 

When considered as an instrument, the object deconstructs time and its usual metre, allowing us moments of contemplation and introspection, detached from utility or pragmatism. This is time absorbed in itself - the time of time - pronounced only by its own sound. A thought, further radicalised by creating an hourglass in the same materials as its own moving contents.

material

dimensions

year

edition

rust, steel

70 × 25 × 25 cm

2018

8 (+ 2 AP, 1 prototype)

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WITH THE SUPPORT OF

GRAPHIC DESIGN BY BUREAU ADRIAAN TAS

IMAGES BY ALEXANDER POPELIER

WEB DEVELOPMENT BY BRUT_collective

Bold movements and emotions

beyond functionality