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Hans owns Funny Photoshoot, a photo studio in the red light district.  For him, the lampshade represents Amsterdam’s Red light district, both ugly in its appearance yet attractive in its nostalgic feeling.       

Video: about the object and the Red Light District

Video: Hans talks about aging as ugliness

 

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The “ugly?” lamp of Hans.

Playing around:
The lamp in itself is quite a closed world. It carries a history that is linked to a similar world as the red light district where there lives a specific kind of aesthetics. So wherever I placed it, it stayed quite itself. I could imagine it as a dress for a Barbie doll. And when I was putting it on the head of a Eurasian Coot it also worked quite well as a crown but in these cases I didn’t want to change it anymore but just add it somewhere. So I decided that the lamp had to become more neutral in order to make the next step possible.

Transformation:
Reduce the amount of colors!
When the lamp was white it was totally lost and became a hanging cream pie.
In grey it looked like it was a stone statue itself, which made it extremely stiff.
Black turned out to be quite attractive, so for now I keep it like this.
Maybe it will change later into another color again but then the color should have a specific reason or function.

Looking to its history/context:
Windows, behind the glass…I made the lamp a round piece of glass in the size of the bottom of the lamp.
Shadows…Pin-up pictures came to mind, fitting to the red light district, well, to the profession of the owner of the lamp.
I keep in mind that the owner has three more of these lamps at home. I can either make four objects with each their own personal details, or I can put them together into one object. As soon as I find a reason for it I will ask for the others. Or should I just decide to work with four and then the reason will come?

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Lamp Girl
fabric lamp, blackboard paint, metal construction, drawing on sandblasted- round piece of glass

This is a story about a pin up girl, swinging in a black lamp, looking for freedom. She was swinging the lamp so hard that she went right through the window and vanished. No broken glass and no trace of her disappearance, maybe she is still around.

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