Born in 1972 - Netherlands
Since Sebastiaan Straatsma (1972, Dokkum, the Netherlands) started designing, playing with existing forms, function and context has been central to his work. Archetypes and objects with historical and emotional value fascinate him. He re-uses and re-interprets these into new products and objects. He makes small adjustments to them, changes, abuses and replaces their form, soul and status. By doing so, he provokes our common perception of objects and articles of use.
In 2006, vases became Straatsma’s subject of research. Fascinated by classic archetypical ceramic vases, he started challenging the recognisability of their form, function, material and history. This lead to the ever-growing series of unique and handmade ‘Dustcollector’ vases, made from (brightly) coloured epoxy. Originally, these kinds of vases were ‘canvases’ displaying contemporary symbols, drawings and representations. Straatsma continues this tradition by using images and symbols that appeal to us nowadays, resulting in a combination of a well-known form and a non-characteristic material.
‘Dustcollector’ refers to the non-functionality of these vases, which Straatsma has taken as a starting point for his translation. This resulted in an open form, not pretending to be functional at all, unless as decoration and eye candy, while at the same time still referring to the emotional value of the well-known classical archetypes.
Straatsma has developed his own, very unique, technique. With each vase he follows a process – from an idea, a collage or sketch, to preparing a mould, mixing colours and actually making the vase by drawing, splattering and squirting the epoxy resin. This is a material he is very much fond of working with; endless possibilities for construction and decoration are merged into one single material. A material so strong and elegant, one can draw with it. It can be used as a very thin, open, skin, but can also be applied layer after layer, creating a thick and almost crude structure.
The Dustcollector vases distinguish themselves not only through their contemporary symbolism, but also through their detailed handwork and the specific method of production developed by Straatsma.
2016 Show at Galerie Alain Daudet, Toulouse, France
2016 Salone del Mobile, ‘Masterly The Dutch in Milano’, Milan, Italy
2015 – 2016 Design Museum Gent,’Design Derby’, Belgium
2015 – 2016 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen,’In scene gezet’, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2015 Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, Robert van Oosterom, Fine Arts & Interiors, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2014 RAW Art fair Rotterdam, Van Oosterom interior & fine arts The Netherlands
2013 – 2014 Design Museum Gent,’Gelinkt/Linked’, Belgium
2013 Collection, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, ‘Post Babylon’ vase
2013 Collection, Miniature Museum Ria & Lex Daniels, Gemeente Museum Den Haag, The Netherlands
2013 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen,’Handmade’,Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2013 RAW Art Fair Rotterdam, Gallery Pien Rademakers, The Netherlands
2013 Realisme Art Fair, Gallery Rademakers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 Masters of LXRY Art Fair, Gallery Rademakers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 PAN Art Fair, Gallery Rademakers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 AAF Art Fair, Gallery Rademakers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 House of Orange, Oranienbaum, Worlitz, Germany
2012 PAD Art & Design Paris, France
2012 RAW Art Fair Rotterdam, Gallery Pien Rademakers, The Netherlands
2012 Realisme Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011 Gallery Sophie Maree, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2011 Themes & Variations, ‘The right touch’ London, UK
2011 Salone del Mobile, Galleria Luisa Delle Piane, ‘Mutated serie’, Milan, Italy
2011 Virtual, Vivid vormgeving, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2011 Dutch Design Prize Eindhoven, The Netherlands, nomination
2011 Art & Object Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2010 – 2011 Toolsgallerie, ‘Dai Kaiju’, Paris, France
2010 Sotheby’s, Kiddell Gallery, ‘Small Show Huge Talent’, London, UK
2010 Gemeente Museum Den Haag, ‘Norm=Vorm’, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2009 – 2010 TENT & Witte de With, ‘Shared Space II’, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2009 KOP, Social interaction by art and design, Breda, The Netherlands
2008 – 2009 Gallery Emmy Miltenburg, Schiedam, The Netherlands
2008 Fiac, Grand Palais & Louvre, Paris, France
2008 Musée des Manufactures de dentelles, ‘Lace and interlacing in Designing’, Retournac, Franc
2008 Collection, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands,’Rubber nr14? chair
2008 Kunstraum Niederösterreich ‘LOVE, DESIGN DELIRIUM’, Wien, Austria
2007 – 2008 Van Oosterom, ‘Dustcollectors’, Rotterdam,The Netherlands
2007 Kunsthal Rotterdam, ‘Exota’, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2007 Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, ‘Décor Schiedam’, Schiedam, The Netherlands
2006 Gallery Spazio Rosanna Orlandi, Milan, Italy
2006 Gallery Emmy Miltenburg, ‘Hier is het’, Schiedam, The Netherlands
2006 Ambiente, ‘Dutch design too’, Frankfurt, Germany
2005 Materialworld, Schiedam, The Netherlands
2004 Victoria and Albert Museum, ‘Brilliant’, London, UK
2004 Museum fur Angewandtekunst, Spinoff ‘Design for industry’, Koln, Germany
2003 Salone del Mobile, Spazio Consolo, ‘Dutch light’, Milan, Italy
2003 Salone del Mobile, ‘Random Industry Upgrade’, Milan, Italy
2003 Materiaal Prize, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, nomination
2003 Artotheek, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2003 Leolux Design-Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2003 Vivid vormgeving, ‘nieuw’, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2002 Young Designers & Industry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2002 Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAI), ‘Link- architecture’, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1999 Design Prize Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, nomination
1999 Collection, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, ‘Rubber nr14’ chair
1998 SFMOMA ‘DO NORMAL, recent Dutch Design’, San Francisco, USA
1997 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, ‘Hema design’, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1997 Hema Design Competition, The Netherlands, 2nd prize
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