The Castaway floats in between object and imprint, cast and mould, presence and absence.
The Castaway is a forgery of a transport case from a museum collection in Copenhagen. The original case has a particular characteristic: The object for which it was made has been lost, as have all records of the content. The blown glass insert is moulded from the negative space occupied by the lost content. The case has been carefully copied in China from the original Danish museum transport case. In keeping with the Western tradition of mould-making and casting, the Castaway will eventually exist in an edition of eight copies. The tradition requires that the original case be destroyed following the completion of the eighth piece. As an unoriginal material trace of loss, The Castaway floats in between object and imprint, cast and mould, presence and absence.
Transport case: wood, leather, brass, textile, paper
Transport case: 23 x 23 x 52 cm
Glass insert: 18 x 18 x 48 cm
Ben Clement, b. 1981, artist
Sebastian de la Cour, b. 1980, artist
Together, Ben Clement and Sebastian de la Cour form the artists’ duo benandsebastian. In their work, they explore the meaning embedded in spaces and objects under conditions of absence. Their intricate and highly crafted installations have inbuilt gaps and are often on the verge of collapse. Whether taking the form of architectural fragments, mechanical theatres or living artefacts, their works address the idea of a body that is incomplete and vying with its own phantoms. In a process of mimicry and serious play, benandsebastian use their work to question supposedly seamless systems of order. Their work consists not only of the installations and sculptures that they construct but also of drawing out the relationships between things: between context and object, between artwork and institution, between body and limb.
2006: Both graduated from Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL, London)
Selected grants and honours
2012: Honorary grant from Niels Wessel Bagges Kunstfond
2011: Walk the Plank Award
2009: Three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation
2015: Solo exhibition: Museum of Nothing, Department of Voids, Institute for Provocation, Beijing
2014: Beyond Reach – Museum of Nothing, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
2011-2013: Solo exhibition: Phantom Limbs, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen and TRAPHOLT –
Museum of Modern Art, Applied Art, Design and Architecture, Kolding
TRAPHOLT – Museum of Modern Art, Applied Art, Design and Architecture, ‘2078 Fifth Avenue’
Fritz Hansen, ‘City of the (Re)orientated’