Rijksmuseum announced 10 finalists for the 2017 Rijksstudio Award
The Glassy Gaze of Delft Blue Eyes
Francine LeClercq +Ali Soltani
The Dutch national art museum -The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will be awarding the Rijksstudio Award for the third time. The Rijksmuseum invites members of the public to draw inspiration from the Rijksmuseum collection, download images from Rijksstudio and use them to create their own artwork. On April 21st the international jury will present the winners during the festive Rijksstudio Award presentation ceremony.
Based on the design of XVII century plaques in the museum collection, our entry DELFT BLUE EYES consists of non- prescriptive contact lenses whose hydrogel surface has been printed with Delft Blue pattern. While drawing on a distinct cultural heritage of Dutch Delftware, the direct juxtaposition of a perceived work and its viewing subject is a nod to Marcel Duschamp’s critic on retinal art through the selective process of “Readymades”. Today, in an era enmeshed by trajectories of prying eyes, the perceiving subject itself is the tentative Readymade the moment it is caught viewing it’s prey, here the enameled tin-glaze of delft under a glassy gaze.
RIJKSSTUDIO AWARD 2017