"Represented by written symbols these perceived 'images' are the result of a autonomous research. Which focusses on material aesthetics, by constructing waste-material out of loose connections. The context in which these objects behave, define their capability to re-sense."
Beau Bertens and Eline Ceelen are operating on a whole other level of creative genius. Together they form Vowel. Bringing together skills from a variety of design-related fields, the duo set out to construct a system, a visual language if you will, that is interpreted only on an individual level. The viewer being entirely responsible for making the choice to share that meaning or keep it bottled inside. Either way, the intention being to make on question.
Conceptually, their work is gushing with rhetoric. Yet it is far removed from the kind so liberally applied in visual art. Their work isn't buried under layers of riddles, rather the metaphoric language used seeks only to open new dimensions of intelligent thought on reality. Their work has a subtle awe that is hard to deny, the aesthetic allure stimulating nothing short of visual euphoria.
Vowel claim, "One can not understand natural phenomena only by science, but also needs to feel emotional attracted to them." And they are certainly onto something. By pairing bold charismatic characteristics with facets of seduction, each image bursts with magnetic chemistry. The kind that refuses to fade with time.
On Vowel's website you will find the quote, "What we consider as reality is based on our knowledge of today." But what do we really know? It seems that may just be Bertens' and Ceelen's intention.
What do you think?
Words / Anthony Thomas