van Kesteren & Thomas Trum
September 4 - October 23, 2016
by Chris Reinewald
Sunday September 4, 16.00 hrs
Maria van Kesteren
Maria van Kesteren emerged as one of the first prominent female woodturners
in the late 1950s. She makes simple, beautifully proportioned bowl and
box forms. Her simple forms and smooth surfaces contrast the material
she shapes. The wood is secondary to the forms she creates, which is almost
always a circle. She uses the circular form as a starting point and utilises
the tension between inner and outer forms. Surfaces are evenly stained
or painted so that the detail of the grain becomes secondary to their
formal properties and fine definitions of interior and exterior space.
She applies similar principles in style to her glass and ceramic objects.
Even though her objects appear severe, when carefully examining the subtle
curves and transitions one will no doubt be fascinated by the unquestionably
tender side of her work.
Maria trained with the woodturner
Henk van Trierum in Utrecht in the late fifties and is based in Hilversum,
Netherlands. Although most celebrated for her works in wood, she has also
designed glass for Royal Leerdam and ceramics for factories including
Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum. In 1995 a major retrospective exhibition
of her work was held at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and
in 2016 Maria van Kesteren is asked by Hermès in Paris for a collaboration
Maria's work is widely collected
and can be found in private and museum collections including the Boymans-van
Beuningen Museum Rotterdam, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Cooper
Hewitt Museum in New York.
Also on view will be a wall installation by Thomas