Sculpture "Plantasia"

Patrick Rampelotto

Back in 2006 Patrick Rampelotto started to visit flea markets in search of formally interesting object groups suitable for use and processing in his work. In the course of this hunt his eye fell on the discarded trophy cups, and an intensive process of involvement and interest in them was the immediate result.
Rampelotto sensed at once a special potential in the opulent aesthetics that sprout from the separate metal cup elements with their varied and often lavishly decorated designs plus the clever play made with the illusion of precious materials such as gold and silver. He found a wealth of formal ideas in the design syntax of these modular elements which can be placed overlapping one above the other in a single object and providing the possibility at one and the same time for developing new and independent design forms rooted in all of these separate details. The thorough involvement with his base material, soon took Rampelotto in his work with cups beyond the range of the ready-mades, from which he deliberately sought to distance himself. While in the case of ready-mades with their various free and applied contexts, recognition of the original objects and the associated shifting of context and function is a central aspect in the success of the work, Patrick Rampelotto pursued a different objective – this was the appropriation of the object and its form through the greatest possible abstraction of them both. Rampelotto explains this development in his work as a continuous process. In the course of this his evident absorption with the cup as a symbolic object has progressed step-by-step into a method, allowing him to appropriate the object to the greatest extent possible as his working material. A new and independent formal language is the intentional result, identifiable by an altogether unmistakeable aesthetic.

The works presented in the charged relationship of object appropriation and object use are described with force and clarity by Rampelotto himself when he refers to them with a term of his own coining - “brutiful” – a word combination of brutal and beautiful. The term is reflected in the expansively protrusive pendant lamps and in the clever and frequently unexpected connections they establish between the different cup parts.


designed  2016
built  2016
materials  metal