A series of 40 plates.
“Sandblasted” begun from collecting second-hand ceramics found in flee markets and private auctions. After a series of plates was set up, the plates were selectively sandblasted to remove parts of their original glaze. the resulted images present a clash between two technologies: the coating technique of glazing and the erasing act of sandblasting.
A second-hand object bears a story abundant with question marks: What was the historical context in which it was created? By who was it made and what were that craftsman or woman's life circumstances? Of which traditions of material and technology does it come from? How was it used and by whom? And furthermost, what symbolism enfolds within its aesthetic presence?
The original glazed images exhibit ideas of what was considered “cultured”, “civilized” aesthetics in the time of their making: fresh fruit, free swimming fish and natural patterns are all accepted as the “correct” aesthetics of ceramic decorations. But while these decorations represent a harmless and seemingly harmonious image of western culture, the story of the factories which made them is laced with the violent historical events of 20th century Europe; while the original images talks the language of harmony, the sandblasted images explore the expressions and structures of oppression and destruction.
Signature: Signed on the back.
Image rights: Photo by Rami Maymon
About Noam Dover and Michal Cederbaum
Tel Aviv-based designers Noam Dover and Michal Cederbaum combine their varied backgrounds—including interior design, scenography, furniture, hand-made objects, curating, and cultural-theoretical writing—in their experimental design process. Together they question the boundaries between design, craft, and production. Projects range from street art interventions that add a sense of humor to local signs, to vases that serve as investigations into the nature of concrete and the difference between the broken and the whole. They are equally interested in process and the finished product, as seen in their sandblasted vintage ceramics in which glazed designs are stripped away to create abstract patterns.