Bas van Wieringen

Through small interventions I try shift reality into surreal situations, creating a new perspective on everyday objects. My material exists out of household objects, like sockets, clocks, pencils and nails. I want to encourage the viewer to observe, take a closer look at reality, sharpen perception to shine new light on the things we are familiar with. Pay attention to the things that are seemingly boring. A lot happens when nothing seems to be happening.

I try to strip ordinary daily objects to their core meaning. Deconstruct or decontextualize them to play with their function/meaning and reconstruct it to a new autonomous images. Re-shaping, misplacing, doubling, accentuating, emphasizing everyday objects. Mostly the works are approached from a linguistic perspective. I try to sculpt the words into a new approach, wherein I try to find paradoxes and contradictions.

A paradox shows reality in its most pure form. It loosens what is stuck. It’s a way for me to understand the world. I feel comfortable in this way of perceiving the world, because it shows contradiction and conflict, but is not trying to choose sides. It creates a place to think and rethink, wonder and question, find possibilities in things that are stuck in their original place in reality.

From this place I can start bending, let go of the objects functionality or emphasize its functionality. For me a work works when its makes sense in nonsense. When we can laugh about the absurdity, but take it seriously at the same time. I want the viewer to reconsider the situation by creating minimalistic interventions that are often humorous or/and poetic.

Bas van Wieringen, The worlds worst idea on the planet, 60x60 cm. 2018, edition 1/3
Bas van Wieringen, The worlds worst idea on the planet, 60x60 cm. 2018, edition 1/3
Bas van Wieringen, Perfect frame, 60x60 cm. 2018, edition 1/3
Bas van Wieringen, Perfect frame, 60x60 cm. 2018, edition 1/3
Bas van Wieringen, Water to the ocean, 60x60 cm. 2018, edition 1/3
Bas van Wieringen, Water to the ocean, 60x60 cm. 2018, edition 1/3
Bas van Wieringen, Eggs, 60x60 cm. 2018, edition 1/3
Bas van Wieringen, Eggs, 60x60 cm. 2018, edition 1/3