Galerie kreo in London has recently exhibited Ronan Bouroullec’s ceramic bas-reliefs for a 40-day showcase. Bouroullec’s exhibits appear like simplified silhouettes of familiar landscapes. They look like abstract art pieces from afar, beckoning the viewer to move in for a closer inspection. In close proximity, they embody the characteristics of a sculpture, inducing both the visual and tactile sensibilities of the spectator.
Over the span of his two-decade career, Parisian designer Ronan Bouroullec of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Design studio has designed a wide range of products ranging from tables, chairs and office furniture to tableware, rugs and ceramic projects. He has also worked on a range of urban projects with his brother, Erwan Bouroullec, and showcased several of their designs and creations at Galerie kreo, which is a London based art gallery.
Bouroullec’s ceramic bas-reliefs, while geometric, are not symmetrically designed. The abstract forms of his installations appear asymmetrical, yet balanced, with circles that are placed off-centre, polygons whose edges linger nearer to the edges of the frame and solid masses that are placed on top of each other in a risky composition.
The 23 odd installations have 23 unique compositions made out of the same forms and colour palette, thus unifying the individual pieces into a cohesive ceramic collection. In fact, these individual elements that make up all the compositions can be compared to the alphabets of a language, each with a uniquely distinctive character, standing individually yet part of the larger set of elements. Bouroullec created these pieces, first, by rolling out a thick slab of clay, carving out shapes on them and firing the cut off pieces in the kiln to create individual ceramic elements, and then compiling them into their final compositions.
Bououllec, in his twenty three piece collection, takes inspiration from former artists of abstract art, in carving out a distinctive design language with his unique set of ceramic pieces that can stand alone formidably as well as a family comprising all the compositions, such that it seems to convey a story, unique to each spectator.
Ronan Bouroullec’s ceramic bas-relief installations will be exhibited from 26th November 2021 to 4th January 2022 at Galerie kreo, 4 Cork St, London W1S 3NG, United Kingdom.