Asnate Bockis

Latvian artist flirting with Dutch Design

Tree Trend. Venice 2015

writing, researchAsnate Bockis

INSPIRATION

 Volkskrant. Toekomst beelden by Ruther Pontzen. May 15, 2015.

Volkskrant. Toekomst beelden by Ruther Pontzen. May 15, 2015.

 

PIONEERS OF TREE TREND

 Latvian Pavilion by Kriss Salmanis and Kapsars Podnieks. Venice Biennale 2013. Photo Valts Kleins.

Latvian Pavilion by Kriss Salmanis and Kapsars Podnieks. Venice Biennale 2013. Photo Valts Kleins.

The inspiration for trend watching I found in Volkskrant.  The artice says that it is a new trend in Venice to expose 'real' nature, but I disagree with that. I know that already  in 2013 there were some great examples to be seen including Latvian pavilion by Kriss Salmanis and Kapsars Podvieks  and Belgium pavilion by Berlinde de Bruyckere. What we can see this year in Venice I see as a follow up: the total exploration of the subject. This is a shortlist of my findings devided in two groups.

 

REAL TREES. 2015

 French pavilion 2015 by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot.

French pavilion 2015 by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot.

 The Netherlands pavilion 2015 by Herman de Vries. To be always to be.

The Netherlands pavilion 2015 by Herman de Vries. To be always to be.

 USA Pavilion 2015 by Joan Jonas. They come to us without a word.

USA Pavilion 2015 by Joan Jonas. They come to us without a word.

 Swiss pavilion 2015 by Pamela Rosenkranz. Our product.

Swiss pavilion 2015 by Pamela Rosenkranz. Our product.

 Danish Pavilion 2015 by Danh Vo. Mother tongue. Untitled, 2015. Wax tree privet (Ligustrum lucidum), oak (Quercus lepidobalanus). Wood sourced in Mexico City.

Danish Pavilion 2015 by Danh Vo. Mother tongue. Untitled, 2015. Wax tree privet (Ligustrum lucidum), oak (Quercus lepidobalanus). Wood sourced in Mexico City.

...and others like  'A great miracle needs to happen here' 2011 by Siobhan Hapaska at Vita Vitae or 'All the possible futures' by Robert Smithson.

 

IMAGINARY TREES. 2015

 Silence. 2013. Aluminium cast by  Ugo Randinone at Vita Vitae.

Silence. 2013. Aluminium cast by  Ugo Randinone at Vita Vitae.

These trees are copies, images or replicas of their real counterparts. You can try to imagine them or look up online.

At exhibition Vita Vitae:

'Bernacre Birch 1' by Julian Perry, 'Life' by Leyle Aliyeva and 'The promised land' by Gordon Cheng.

In the Yorkshire Sculpture Park:

Luciano Giubbilei and Ursula von Rydinsgrard.

At Finish pavilion:

'Hours, years, Aeons.' by IC-98.

At German pavilion: 

'The Citizen' by Tobias Zielony and 'The Tree' by Napuli Paul Langa.