Bart Hess exhibits work that is on the border of art and design and can both attract or disgust people. The Dutch designer’s latest presentation displays a series of hanging columns in latex manipulated to resemble wrinkled human skin, The Grotto.
Presented during Dutch Design Week as part of the Robot Love art exhibition in Eindhoven, that can be visited until 2 December 2018, The Grotto raises questions about the materialization of robots.
Bart Hess‘ bizarre exhibition takes the form of a living cave where visitors are taken into a grotesque contemporary world which questions the materialization of robots, their existence and the image that we have of them.
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This whole experience evokes peculiarly creepy feels as if we were stepping foot into a scary living cave that makes us shiver down our spine. Bart Hess‘ use of materials is extremely physical, as in his installation The Grotto where the latex pillars are reminiscent of wrinkled skin.
Somewhere between fascination and disgust, the Dutch designer has composed a theatrical cave made of latex skin that resembling the stalactites and stalagmites that you would find inside of one, and it perfectly reflects the meeting point between the material world and creative concept.
Bart Hess lays pink latex sheets onto six-meter-long wooden frames and stretches it to double its size, followed by an application of a thick layer of liquid latex on which the artist shapes the vein-like line patterns using his fingers.
When it’s fully dried, Bart Hess releases it all from the wooden frames causing them to bounce back to their original length and resulting in the grotesque-looking wrinkled human skin surfaces.