22 NOVEMBER 2013 - 4 JANUARY 2014
“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say in any other way... things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keefe
William Benington Gallery, London is delighted to present a curated selection of Pia Wüstenberg’s exceptional Stacking Vessels. Consisting of all new work including the largest pieces she has produced to date, Stacked will be Pia’s first solo exhibition and the first exhibition to engage with the pieces as sculptural objects. Identity is central to many artists' work, but Pia has chosen to reflect hers within the manufacture of each Stacking Vessel.
The individual stackable sections of the Vessels are handmade under Pia’s direction by craftsmen in Finland, Germany and Britain (representing Pia’s parentage and where she now lives and works). When combined, the Stacking Vessels can be read as a self portrait of the artist’s cultural identity; when unstacked they transform into functional design objects.
The sculptures are a convergence of ideas and aesthetics, a push and pull balancing act. As much contemporary design as they are contemporary sculpture, they draw us in with vivid colour and elegant form, then ask us questions about identity, the role of the artist, and the decline (or resurgence) of skilled craft.