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Sophie Krier's Field Essays

In her series Field Essays Sophie Krier strives to understand the design process. Just out is Issue One, bringing together designer Jonathan Muecke and artist Bas Princen.  It is three years since Issue Zero was released.

By Gabrielle Kennedy /asdf 11-07-2013

Understanding creative processes isn’t easy, not even for the subjects of the process themselves – in Sophie Krier's "Field Essays" she brings together an artist and a designer to explore this phenomenon further. She discovers that “the more explanation, the more questions,” and “the more you know, the less sure you are.”

It’s unclear whether designer Jonathan Muecke or artist Bas Princen spoke these words during a public discussion of their work with Sophie Krier, but it doesn’t seem to matter much. Both “refuse to explain” their methods for the reasons mentioned above.

The process of creation appears contradictory. Creating is defining, or limiting, one might suppose. Otherwise nothing would come into existence. But, as Princen says: “You have to work very hard to keep the process open, to keep on making things that you are not familiar with.” Muecke adds: “Not by solving the problem, but by making it even more complex.”

In her essay Kriers quizzes, examines, and analyses her two subjects and their work methods in detail. And then she finds out that their work processes have less to do with discipline and more with “delayed or suspended action”.

Muecke: “My practice – it’s about not wanting to make things up, but waiting for things to make sense.”  

The creations of both are, according to Krier, not limiting or exclusive, but “visual propositions that make room – thereby making room for another reading of the world.”

Field Essays is published with Onomatopee.


Exhibition photography by Studio Clack.

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