‘play time’ celebrates maarten baas’ childlike signature fashion at carpenters workshop gallery


Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents Maarten Baas’ ‘Play Time’


From 14 February to 13 Could 2023, Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Los Angeles will host ‘Play Time’, Maarten Baas’ first solo exhibition. Unfolding as a retrospective of the dutch designer’s early oeuvres, the present celebrates his childlike signature fashion with acclaimed collections, together with Actual Time, Clay, and Shut Parity, in addition to introduces his not too long ago completed work dubbed ‘Youngsters’s Clocks’.


By means of his work, which is taken into account rebellious, playful, and mental, he seeks to seek out methods to cope with the phenomenon of time, and ‘rekindle the surprise of childhood inside an grownup atmosphere.’ Someplace between artwork and design, dream and actuality, his creations exude a deliberate naivety and playful experimentation usually labored in collaboration with youngsters. For ‘Youngsters’s Clocks,’ Baas labored with 720 youngsters within the Netherlands and requested them to create 720 drawings illustrating the arms of those clocks. ‘As an grownup you develop a variety of qualities. However hardly anybody could make a pleasant drawing. But, each youngster makes one of the best drawings time and time once more. Their purity and originality is commonly higher than any revered artist, ‘ shared the designer.

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playfulness, childlike expression & purposely naïve varieties


In his observe, the Dutch designer employs totally different means and methods and experiments with numerous supplies, reminiscent of steel and ceramic. Baas’ work carries a childlike innocence and honesty however this doesn’t conceal his elaborate masterfulness. ‘My work is commonly a self-portrait of my inside journey, discovering a steadiness between the knowledge you acquire and the open-mindedness you lose alongside the best way.’


‘In Play Time the artist turns into Peter Pan signifying his life-long balancing act between rising up and remaining a toddler.’, reveals the press launch. ”Grandfather Clock – The Son’ is a rudimentary tackle the traditional grandfather clock design, constructed from planks of wooden within the method of a treehouse. The digital clock face exhibits Baas as a toddler contained in the clock, updating the arms minute by minute in brilliant paints to keep up the paintings as a useful timepiece.’


‘In distinction, in ‘Actual Time – The Artist’, we see Baas as an grownup, his full physique seen behind a a lot bigger, trendy, and mature clock face. With a naked higher physique and a few paint, he appears to play a task as a typical artist in his atelier. The query stays as as to whether he’s answerable for time itself, or if Time is controlling him.’

'play time' celebrates maarten baas' childlike signature style at carpenters workshop gallery
By means of his work, Baas has persistently sought to reverse the pure circulate of time



720 Minutes Clock: 720 youngsters, 720 drawings, 720 minutes


For ‘Youngsters’s Clock’, the designer labored along with 720 youngsters, asking every to depict the time on one in all these clocks. Utilizing 720 distinctive drawings, Baas demonstrates the time throughout 720 minutes, the synopsis of months of preparation, filming, and enhancing. 


In his ‘Actual Time’ sequence, Baas performs with the pure circulate of time in a theatrical efficiency. Inside an enormous clock, Baas retains transferring time ahead, minute by minute, whereas for his character time strikes in the wrong way. For ‘Shut Parity artworks’, drawing the unattainable, defying the gravity guidelines, and being spontaneous have been a few of his driving forces. Assymetry and fluidity are the key phrases that translated some illogical sketches into useful furnishings. 

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