Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam
– 30 September 2018
The exhibition “Hot Glue” visualises Bertjan Pot’s wealth of ideas and design processes in products, materials, and design research as well as experiments and models.
Bertjan Pot has realised his idea of an adequate exhibition at the Rotterdam Museum of Art and Design by making a point of not emphasising himself as an author as well as avoiding the conflict between the purely aesthetic appearance of the exhibited products versus their actual functional and social value. In other words, he not only showcases the final product but also focuses mainly on the process of making. Pot himself says: “I was always good at making models, and I think it’s a shame that a design career sometimes means a shift from being a maker to being a manager. In this exhibition, I’m definitely a maker”. For the exhibition, he has produced some of his ideas by using simple materials such as plastic spoons, beads, rope, tape, plastic bags, and a lot of hot glue to give an insight into his artistic approach, thinking, and creativity.
His work is characterised by the unconventional combination of methods with regard to materials and process, resulting in mostly colourful, charming, and surprising forms. As he works, Bertjan Pot discovers new techniques, such as a stitch or a knot, and then repeats the process several times to dynamically develop an object. His goal is to get the most out of the material and to design a final product that is more than the sum of its parts.
As to whether his attitude to material and designs can be assigned to art or design is not clear. His opinion is that he is a child of the Industrial Revolution and is aware of this as a contrast to his work.