Arthur Arbesser likes to keep things small—and not just because As an independent designer, he has to deal with limited resources, but also because he likes “a more domestic dimension in my practice, more freedom from pressure,” as he explained in his spring talk.
Presented on mannequins in the original contemporary art gallery, his whimsical works are interspersed with artworks handcrafted from ready-made objects: fragments of chairs become Into abstract shapes, driftwood inlaid with silk threads and pearls, metal leftovers mutate into a fragile freestanding structure. Everything is made in his studio. “We had so much fun, it felt like we were living in a crazy kid’s playground,” he said. “What’s the problem with that? Childhood is beautiful.”
Turn family into soulful inspiration, find comfort in the neighborhood, and play with the resources at hand Creativity – that’s what draws Arbesser, “like children, creating beautiful and even precious things from almost nothing,” he says. This approach has endeared him to the like-minded art community, who appreciate what he dismissively calls “the way of my gadgets.”