KAPKAR / WS1P-AN
workspace 'looks faster than a mcLaren!'
AkzoNobel Art Space, Amsterdam
Frank Haverman’s (1967, the Netherlands) studio for Architectural Art,Design and Urban Space makes strategic site-specific interventions through which the human body can relate to the outside world from within its own secure environment. In a world where everything is about efficiency, speed and standardization, Havermans delivers innovative solutions that cater both to the individual and to the collective. Commissioned by the AkzoNobel Art Foundation for the Art Space, KAPKAR/ WS1P- AN redefines this communal area giving it new meaning.
Executed with our coatings, Haverman’s workspace represents a unique fusion of common and personal ground. Suspended between two pillars is a one-person workspace, floating above the floor. A place of seclusion and shelter, yet in full view of and open to all. KAPKAR/ WS1P- AN is truly a work place in the air.
The colors are derived from the new AkzoNobel colors for the new MacLaren F1 car MCL33, called Papaya Spark and Burton Blue. The workspace is neutralized by a light bluegrey. The orange stripe is applied in one loop to speed it up and accentuate the active area. The Papaya Spark color was first used by founder Bruce McLaren’s original – and the choice to use it again in 2018 pays homage to McLaren’s racing victories.
Commissioned by Hester Alberdingk Thijm.
Manufactured by Frank Havermans, Koos Schaart en Stephan Valk.
‘Common Ground’ exhibition
The ultimate human space is the space between us. There we find and create domains to interact with and confirm our existence through the other. This common ground has been the subject of art since time immemorial. In our rapidly urbanising world, the cityscape is the primary focus for interaction. Juxtaposed to the man-made reality of the city stands nature, which we - as thinking animals - are part of. Besides the physical, we also meet in the realms of ideas, ideals and identity.
The artworks in this exhibition explore the meaning and impact of various manifestations of common ground. Moreover, the works constitute common ground too, connecting artists and audiences. The exhibition space as a whole functions as a multi-level meeting point. Life outside connects to AkzoNobel’s corporate and creative reality, and the artworks provide windows onto the world we share and shape.
The Essential Art Space is open to the public on workdays from 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM and by appointment.
Common Ground is on display until 2020, the site specific workspace is permanent.
The Art Space is situated on the ground floor of the AkzoNobel Center, Christian Neefestraat 2, 1077 WW Amsterdam.
Photo Credits: http://www.martinvanwelzen.nl