Adrian Kiss

In his current work deals with picturing different shapes characterized with human, and mostly masculine properties; it is a project about form that explores portraying objects with anthropomorphic attributes. He believe that when creating and depicting vases and such containers there is an unconscious or instinctual way that the creator of such objects embodies them with gender in spite of the fact that gender is a social construct. These very qualities made me interested in the ‘gender of objects’ and how this classification changes our perceptions of it. By emphasizing specific, already existing attributes, he was able to entrust the object with customized human characteristics. These discarded scales of human properties often suggest a gender and by the use of common connotation the audience will make their own judgment of the portrayed abstract figures. The labour in the project can be found in the selection of materials and shapes to be used. These are deliberate and include a research of their historical use, and its current functional and material value. Most relevant elements have been appropriated from fashion design, automotive design, sports equipment and pottery. The 'problem' and the exciting part in the project can be found in the communication of the idea. The selection of the elements might be well developed, although its reconstruction has been done in an intuitive style resulting in an obscene and often childish language. Tools of concept formation and cognitive learning were used during the process of making; the works present a number of ‘signs’ to create an image and for the viewer to find a self-initiated explanation of the artwork. When the mind makes a generalized assumption of the work, it extracts similarities from numerous examples and by this process simplifies the observed object. This process enables the audience to subtract the work to a few shapes, words or feelings allowing the formation of concept.