Man and Living

Jonas Lutz

Photographer: René van der Hulst


What is a void? Is it space? Air? Nothingness? Jonas Lutz has explored the ways in which the void acquires form and function, or to put it in his own words: ‘how does the void become a vessel?’ By chiselling and gouging away at a block of plaster he has created an ever bigger void. Lutz then caught the void in an earthenware cast, activating the void’s nothingness and turning it into a vessel. As he continued to expand the void, the mould became ever more fragile, until it became impossible to produce a cast. In the final stage, the mould disintegrated and became an art object in which a series of empty moulds or vessels demonstrates the different stages of the research. Each shape in Void – Vessel is a document of the captured space.