vessels


Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /homepages/3/d13508790/htdocs/wp-formalhaut/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/nggfunctions.php on line 521

Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /homepages/3/d13508790/htdocs/wp-formalhaut/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/nggfunctions.php on line 521

Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /homepages/3/d13508790/htdocs/wp-formalhaut/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/nggfunctions.php on line 521

Cupped hands may have formed the first man­made ves­sel, to catch water, to trans­port food to the cave mouth. Does the idea for ves­sel stem from a thirst? Does the ves­sel solid­i­fy a train of thought? Do crea­tures cre­ate con­tain­ers intu­itive­ly? “Ves­sel” exist­ed before man straight­ened up; calyx­es, nut­shells, nests; vaces, craters, lakes and the seas. Untouch­able and mag­ic, the hori­zon, the cos­mos and, who knows, the Big Bang? Man cre­ates ves­sels as uten­sils, arte­facts, cult objects and sym­bols. Abo­rig­i­nal bowls, gob­lets, Socrate’s cup of hem­lock, Ming vas­es, the Pan­theon, ocean lin­ers, space shut­tles, the Olympic Bei­jing nest, a pro­ton accel­er­a­tor, …

Rooms are ves­sels of antic­i­pa­tion. Unless full of things, they fill up with imag­i­na­tion. They have an aura. Acco­mo­dat­ing our cog­ni­tive cre­ativ­i­ty they facil­i­tate sto­ries. Space sug­gests scale and size — big­ness — and the uni­verse implies the infi­nite. If we look into the skies, we think we see space, as if! Space becomes object when cer­tain events occur: pre­scribed enclousure, defined form and a  recog­nis­able idea, a con­cept. When the space/object is very large it can become mon­u­men­tal, man­i­fest, devel­op charis­ma, its aura invit­ing entry. And isn’t  the inner vol­ume of the ves­sel also a place where some­one or some­thing can set­tle, a place of pos­si­bil­i­ties and options even when it’s empt? Lao-Tse con­sid­ers the mid­dle should remain emp­ty or as an ancient say­ing puts it: “mass is the ser­vant of the void.” Ves­sel has pur­pose and func­tion if we elim­i­nate its voids, if we fill it with sub­stance. Yet the unused and emp­ty ves­sel is more absorb­ing. Its hol­low form is spir­i­tu­al, an antic­i­pat­ing vacan­cy. Being emp­ty, the hol­low form elic­its inven­tion. Space as empti­ness seeks to be con­quered. Bound­aries add to its iden­ti­ty: lines that describe, planes that mask, small­er spaces that set­tle with­in, larg­er spaces that encase. The ves­sel is an itin­er­ant space look­ing for a place to rest and serve us — tem­porar­i­ly or per­ma­nent­ly. The ves­sel is a con­tain­er of a vis­i­ble sub­stance or an invis­i­ble idea, cre­at­ing Place around and inside its vol­ume.

For Aris­to­tle, place is the invis­i­ble hull of a body/volume that envelops it like an unseen glove. It cre­ates an aurat­ic field of inex­act dimen­sion that nev­er­the­less remains fixed — “in  place”. The body/volume can change posi­tion, move in space, seek a new place. The space — the ves­sel — can be trans­port­ed through all dimen­sions to a dif­fer­ent place, out into the cos­mos or into oth­er vol­umes.

Small ves­sels stim­u­late a para­dox: can void and bound­ary be dis­tilled to an indis­tin­guish­able dimen­sion, such that we recog­nise both as being a sin­gle enti­ty? Does the ves­sel make space tan­gi­ble? What makes the small­est, even inac­ces­si­ble ves­sel space enjoy­able? Is it the char­ac­ter and con­sti­tu­tion of ist bound­ary? What makes a large space enjoy­able? Is it the notion of expan­sion, or the per­cep­tion of the beau­ty of its bound­ary? What makes a very large or cos­mic space enjoy­able? It is the notion of the invis­i­ble bound­ary, the fas­ci­na­tion with infin­i­ty. We know the sens­es alone are not enough to under­stand space. If the bound­ary becomes invis­i­ble, space becomes pure imag­i­na­tion.