Vincent Knopper

Vincent Knopper uses cabinetmaking as a medium to propose and appropriate new applications, contexts and values. Lead by his love for standardised materials and industrial techniques, his works turn around, reinterpret and recontextualise materials, objects and sculptures. The mutual influence of his autonomous practice and his applied work positions his practice in a grey area, while the outcome defines itself clearly.

Dependance - Onzijn: curated by Jurgen Bey
WOW Amsterdam
15.10.2016 – 15.01.2017

exhibitions and projects

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Dependance
installation, 2016

exhibited at Onzijn: curated by Jurgen Bey in WOW Amsterdam
with the generous support of Van Hoecke B.V

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Spaankantplaat
folding screen, 2016

Spaankantplaat is a new developed material. By reworking particleboard a new fragile material is discovered. The material is put on display in a folding screen to emphasise the characteristics of the material such as transperancy.

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Composiet
Composiet is a library of objects, materials and techniques and is an ode to standardized materials. The works hint play functionality, and as well propose new applications, logics and concepts.

In the mid twentieth century standardized materials have been engineered to answer the demand of our consumer society. These materials communicated prosperity and economic esthetics. Companies and designers achieved to bring qualitative and affordable designed furniture into everyone’s life. The current design climate demands “honest and durable materials”. In this new trend the standardized materials are rejected for their reference to mass-production and consumerism. While less than a half-century ago standardized material connected the greater audience to design; now these materials are rejected. Their engineered ‘designs’ are associated as commutable representations of wood. This discrepancy became an interesting confusion: standardized materials are compared equally to solid timber. This confusing tension finds its origin in perception: the IKEA ‘Billy’ is compared to a handcrafted oak cabinet.

The material library Composiet plays with this perception. The works contrast standardized materials to high quality materials.
It reinterprets these concepts through material exchange or alternations of existing techniques. The works propose new applications and materials; but most important is that they tend to change the perception towards our once idealized standard world. Composiet embraces the value of our low-valued materials.

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Everything you need to bring bathrooms to a shine
exhibition view: Deborah Bowmann, Brussels 2015

Everything you need to bring bathrooms to a shine focuses on the ascendancy of and our fascination with industrial production and how it affects our consciousness and our relation to the world in the domestic sphere, in both practical and symbolic ways. Since the dawning of the Industrial Revolution 200 years ago, modern man has been accustomed to seeing, desiring, buying and consuming products, which are a direct issue of machines. The characteristics of these cutting edge technologies are almost always identical and on a huge scale.The enormous change that this has brought about in terms of our relation to objects and images is still difficult to gauge.
- Deborah Bowmann

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triple-shouldered through tenon
through tenon with diagonal “foxtail” wedge
tusk tenon reinforced with embedded perpendicular key
double-shouldered blind dovetail tenon with two-sided miter
double-shouldered stub tenon with additional sloped shoulder
angled housed half -dovetail cross-lap
oblique tabled corner lap
rabbeted corner with offset dowels

installation, 2015

Joinery: the respresentation of a mechanism that functions in an unambiguous way is the appartent absence in this exhibition.
- Marieke Coppens

Two cabinets and a sculpture
exhibition view: Sandberg graduation show, 2015

'Two cabinets and a sculpture' is the outcome of Vincent Knopper’s research of the disciplines of art, design and furniture making. His installation is a series of autonomous cabinets and sculptures. While each work defines itself as furniture or artwork, Knoppers’s practice is stated in the grey area where the making functions as a conductor of artistic research.

A billboard a plasterboard a surfboard a motherboard
exhibition view: Amstel 41, 2013

Showroom model for Drimensa

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wall cabinet, 2016

Vincent Knopper

Vincent Knopper uses cabinetmaking as a medium to propose and appropriate new applications, contexts and values. Lead by his love for standardised materials and industrial techniques, his works turn around, reinterpret and recontextualise materials, objects and sculptures. The mutual influence of his autonomous practice and his applied work positions his practice in a grey area, while the outcome defines itself clearly.

exhibitions and projects

info[at]vincentknopper.nl


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