How do you make art from broken things?
Shards of broken metal, crumbling moulds, and deformed pottery are easily seen as failed works or forgotten vestiges of the past. Yet in the eyes of artist duo Julie & Jesse, the thousands of years of failures and mistakes in porcelain craft serve as an artistic point of departure — a treasure trove of inspiration that drives their creation. Drawing on the rich yet fragmented history of Chinese porcelain, Julie & Jesse’s experimental ceramics explore the relationships between human and object, and nature and industry, against the changing landscape of art.
In this Zoom K11 Konversation, we speak with Julie Progin and Jesse Mc Lin, founders of Julie & Jesse, on their approach to art, the act of preserving history and culture through continued creation, and the importance of play in inspiring the next generation of artists.
Enrol in this K11 Konversation now to discover a whole world of beauty from the broken and lost!
Julie Progin & Jesse Mc Lin, Co-founders of Julie & Jesse and Latitude 22N
Established in Hong Kong and Jingdezhen, Julie & Jesse is the creative partnership of Hong Kong-born Swiss designer Julie Progin and American artist Jesse Mc Lin. Embracing the culture and history behind each project, the duo’s practice stretches across the fields of design, craft, and art, blending research and material experimentation into the making of innovative porcelain objects and installations. Julie & Jesse’s works have been shown at institutions such as M+ Museum, Design Society, the Triennale Di Milano & Chicago Design Museum, and K11 Art Foundation.
Cherie Au, Editor, K11
K11 Konversations: Finding Beauty in the Broken & Lost
Presented by K11 MUSEA
Hosted by K11 MUSEA
Supported by K11 Art Foundation
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