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In Billowing Sculptures, Joris Kuipers Suspends Cloud-Like ‘Gardens’ from the Ceiling

April 11, 2024

Kate Mothes

a suspended installation made of numerous petal-shaped panels in different colors that cluster together and look as though they are falling from the ceiling

“Jardin Suspendus 3.” All images © Joris Kuipers, shared with permission

Although trained in traditional painting techniques, Dutch artist Joris Kuipers isn’t satisfied with the constraints of a rectangular frame or pieces that sit stationary on the wall. His undulating, cloud-like installations appear to float and flutter as if a clump of giant, colorful autumn leaves have been tossed upwards and frozen in mid-air.

In his ongoing series Jardin Suspendus and In Bloom, Kuipers invokes the atmosphere of gardens. Floral-like shapes overlap, swell, and skitter in site-specific installations, whether hanging from the ceiling or flaring up from pedestals. Installed on stem-like supports, the vibrant forms playfully evade a single definition, taking on the organic, blossoming quality of flowers, coral, or lichen.

Kuipers was recently commissioned by U.K.-based agency ArtLink for a series of works in red niches that will eventually be installed in a new cruise ship. Find more on the artist’s website and Instagram.

a suspended installation in a white space made of numerous petal-shaped panels in different colors that cluster together and look as though they are falling from the ceiling

“Jardin Suspendus 1”

two images side-by-side of the same sculpture, the right side showing an overview of a teal and brown abstract sculpture that resembles florals or lichen, and the left side showing a detail of the petal-like shapes

“In Bloom”

a suspended installation made of numerous petal-shaped panels in different colors that cluster together and look as though they are falling from the ceiling

“Jardin Suspendus 2”

a detail of petal-like shapes painted with oranges, yellows, and pinks, part of a large sculpture consisting of many of the shapes suspended from the ceiling

Detail of “Jardin Suspendus 3”

a detail of petal-like shapes painted with oranges, yellows, and pinks, part of a large sculpture consisting of many of the shapes suspended from the ceiling, with a view of the ceiling showing cracks as if the sculpture grew from there

Ceiling detail of “Jardin Suspendus 3”

two images side by side, both showing small flower-like abstract sculptures on small pedestals in front of bright red backgrounds

Left and right: Two pieces from the “In Bloom” series

a sculpture made of red, petal-like shapes undulating from a marble plinth in an S-shape

“INBLOOM!,” Raffles at Galaxy Hotel, Macau

#installation#Joris Kuipers#public art#sculpture

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