7 x 100 x 45 cm
Ceramic ashtrays have become the symbolic complement of this narrative awareness. While ceramics generally carry a decorative connotation, these works foreground a mock historicity. As objects alluding to design, they nevertheless take on an expressive aspect similar to sculpture. As though excavated from the ruins of a vanished city, Van de Velde’s ashtrays exemplify the moralistic and sinister divagations which characterize our epoch.
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