George Henry Longly – BENTHOS
Pictures by kunst-dokumentation.com
New and recent works by GHL with Cookies and Nelson Beer
benthos [ /ˈbɛnθɒs /]
Benthos – a community of organisms that live on, in, or near the seabed, river, lake, or stream bottom, marine or freshwater sedimentary environments, tidal pools to the continental shelf, and the abyssal depths.
Longly ́s openness to collaborative practices and exchange are a constant inquiry into a diverse range of disciplines. The artworks are imbued with agency developed through an artistic, social and political climate surrounding the artist throughout the working process.
VdW Inc. is a collaborative entity created by GHL & Cookies, a Rotterdam-based design and architecture collective, and London-based artist George Henry Longly. The initial impulse of the project was to articulate a collaboration between the design practice of Cookies and the artistic practice of GHL that is beyond a superficial collage of ideas and that integrates research, art, design and architecture in order to reach outcomes that are relevant to emerging lifestyles. VdW have created a series of functional objects that are inspired by historical and current trends in office furniture, corporate aesthetics and contemporary live/work environments. The three daybeds exhibited in the exhibition Benthos are made out of glass and aluminum and are directly influenced from the Roman triclinium embodying the staged laziness and horizontal scrolling culture.
Searchers is a film created by Longly together with the Swiss musician, producer and artist Nelson Beer for his track Vespers. Beer is the protagonist as well as the composer of the score of this public video artwork that is currently simultaneously on view in Aarhus (Denmark). Within this project the potential of collaborative practice demonstrates itself again in the artist ́s discipline and articulates a constant blending of projects that not only influence current work but also the future.