Stoneware for a Dwelling

Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam is pleased to present Stoneware for a Dwelling, a group exhibition of sculptural work by Rossella Biscotti, Petter Dahlström Persson, Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel, Andrea Éva Győri, Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia, and Michael Portnoy.

What makes a building into a dwelling? To dwell is to inhabit, to make a habit of being contained by architecture. In this sense, a dwelling is an existential foothold, a meaningful place to be. But what if that structure and its contents willfully defy their usual purposes? A giant key to no home, a shoe that won’t house a foot: the objects in Stoneware for a Dwelling reveal problems where building meets body. These absurdist and exceptional homewares—some functional, all folkloric—invite us to dwell on the symbolic value that clay has in our domestic lives.

Petter Dahlström Persson’s giant stoneware keys, rather than granting entry, appear to be on their way elsewhere, visitors in their own right, while the ceramic vessels of Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel, borrow the human form—the human-footed leg-jug—to offer fluid services to the body.

Andrea Éva Győri’s work shows candidly investigates relation between the body and the other complex, interrelated departments of selfhood. Her ceramic work Traumatized Lemons, part of a series that draw from the artist’s experience of cancer, illuminates the boundaries of our at-home-ness within our own physical borders.

Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia works as both meticulous craftsman and tenacious alchemist, acting as a go-between who shapes matter and channels energy. His mixed-media sculptures echo vernacular forms, deploying undistinguished materials in new configurations.

Rossella Biscotti’s A shirt, blue pants, blue jeans, a towel is one of a series of cast concrete forms that hold items of clothing donated by the parishioners of Sankt Peter in Cologne. Biscotti’s forms preserve that material memory of intimate items, but keep them partly hidden away from sight and touch.

Tactical Trainers, ceramic footwear from Michael Portnoy’s URGENT range, act as tools for addressing today’s pressing social issues—they cannot, however, be worn.

The opening will take place on Saturday, May 15th from 12 – 6pm. The show is runnng till 10 July. Opening times Thursday till Saturday between 2-6pm.

Kokou Makouvia
My Burning Cup, 2021
Concrete, elastomer, ceramic, steel, rope 75 x 70 x 40 cm
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
photo: Robert Glas
Stoneware for a Dwelling, 2021
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
photo: Robert Glas
Stoneware for a Dwelling, 2021
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
photo: Robert Glas
Andrea Éva Győri
Traumatized Lemon, 2019
Glazed porcelein, 39 x 92 x 65 cm
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
Stoneware for a Dwelling
photo: Robert Glas
Andrea Éva Győri
Traumatized Lemon, 2019
Glazed porcelein, 39 x 92 x 65 cm
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
Stoneware for a Dwelling
photo: Robert Glas
Michael Portnoy
The Tekton Bafflers, 2020
and
The Glissando Terraformers, 2020
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
Stoneware for a Dwelling
photo: Robert Glas
Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia
My Burning Cup, 2021
Concrete, elastomer, ceramic, steel, rope
75 x 70 x 40 cm
Stoneware for a Dwelling
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
photo: Robert Glas
Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel
Stoneware pitcher and basin wash set No. 4, 2014
High fired stoneware, 73 x 43 x 17 cm and 37 x 36 x 52 cm
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
photo: Robert Glas
Rossella Biscotti
A shirt, blue pants, blue jeans, a towel, 2018
sculpture, concrete, various used textiles
, diameter 40 cm
(RB2020-01)
Stoneware for a Dwelling, 2021
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
Stoneware for a Dwelling
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
photo: Robert Glas
Petter Dahlstrom Persson
Key, 2021
Glazed stoneware, 47 x 27 x 4 cm
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
Stoneware for a Dwelling
photo: Robert Glas
Stoneware for a Dwelling
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
photo: Robert Glas
Rossella Biscotti
A shirt, blue pants, blue jeans, a towel, 2018
sculpture, concrete, various used textiles
, diameter 40 cm
(RB2020-01)
Stoneware for a Dwelling, 2021
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
photo: Robert Glas
Petter Dahlstrom Persson
Key, 2021
Glazed stoneware, 60 x 20 x 6 cm
Stoneware for a Dwelling
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
photo: Robert Glas
Stoneware for a Dwelling
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
photo: Robert Glas
Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel
Stoneware Vessel, 2014
High fired stoneware, 135 x 40 x 68 cm
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
Stoneware for a Dwelling, 2021
photo: Robert Glas
Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia
Glikpédzã, 2021
Pastel, color pencil, pen on paper 26x36 cm
installation image Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam
Stoneware for a Dwelling
photo: Robert Glas