IKEA Art Glass Event 2018 "Look into my Eyes" art glass crystal figurine by COARSE STUDIOS - Limited edition collection. Sold out worldwide. LAST ONE.
The statuette is designed by designer duo Coarse. The German team Mark Landwehr and Sven Wasch, based in Los Angeles, has been working on modeling toy art since 2003; They are known for their unique sculpture style.
the two-person Coarse studio created a new character for production as a limited edition glass figurine. Aesthetically reminiscent of the duo’s Cold Ways creations, the allegorical visual narrative which this new design is actually intended to be part of, this fox character’s story diverges from the tale that’s already been told. As for their design for the IKEA Art Event 2018, the duo “consider the fox to exist somewhere on the edges of the Cold Ways narrative”, explains Waschk. “She is a creature [that] Raccoon and Fish might have passed on their long journey”, he elaborates, “but she has too many worries of her own that she never would have let herself get wrapped up in their doomed voyage”.
For their IKEA Art Event 2018 contribution, Coarse felt “it was important to bring a new character to our audience”, Waschk says, “but also create something clearly recognizable as a descendant of our body of work”, achieved by making it aesthetically part of their Cold Ways series. “Our stories often reveal themselves to us as we begin sculpting”, explains Waschk, elaborating that early in the process the duo “were not sure how to show the figure” and thus “began experimenting with different poses” for their concept. “The resting pose lends itself well to glass”, he continues, “and it also underlines the character of our fox, who is somewhere between hiding from the world and combing through her own thoughts to figure out how to survive”. With the blue tone it is presented in amplifying “the impression that the fox is surrounded by a kind of frosty loneliness”, as Waschk describes it, the duo also felt that “if her soul had a color, this would be it”. As for the narrative secretly guiding these emotions and motivations, this limited edition glass figurine depicts a fox who “may, in fact, be very clever, but she also may have been outsmarted by humans’ endless greed”, with Waschk further mentioning that it is her “environment [which] is being taken away from her by humans”. And all these aspects culminated in the title of the work, as the “piece itself is called Look into my eyes, which is an invitation for collectors to consider what the fox might be thinking”, Waschk states. “We want you to look into her eyes and consider why she might be so stunned and withdrawn. Or, perhaps,” he continues, “when you look in her eyes, you see a fox who is smart, ruthless, and contemplating her next move.”
The figurine is designed by the design duo Coarse.
The Los Angeles-based German duo Mark Landwehr and Sven Wasch have worked with sculpting toy art since 2003 and are known for their unique sculpting style.
"We asked “What about the fox who is not so clever, who does not want to trick others”? This fox is shy, vulnerable, afraid of the world. Always on alert, but never ready to attack, she’s an outsider among her species.”
Designers Mark Landwehr and Sven Wasch
Length: 12 cm (5")
Height: 12 cm (5")
Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Crystalline, Tinted clear acrylic lacquer
About the IKEA ART EVENT 2018 artwork:
"What happens when you mash up the world of manga, designer toys and comics with the age-old techniques of handmade Swedish art glass?....Contemporary artists. Traditional Swedish glass art.
For the IKEA Art Event 2018 we invited eight contemporary artists, representing different artistic expressions, to each produce a crystal glass figurine. Most of the artists had never worked in glass before, and were keen to embrace the challenges and possibilities the material presents. To produce the handmade figurines, the artists collaborated with some of the most skilled glass masters in the world, based right in the middle of Småland, Sweden - not far from the very heart of IKEA.
The result? A collection of eight crystal glass figurines that are playful, expressive and accessible - with a whole world inside of them."