“JON”, 2020, 602 x 602 x 550, painted MDF, paint, steel parts, wood filler, screws, lacquer, marker, chain
When progressively enhancing on a certain subject in one’s career, at a definite point, that someone will venture further than before, stretching the known and unknown bounds by pointing eyes to new possibilities.
In the case of the table-maker, Koen Van Eeckhoutte, one aspect of this progress includes experimenting with installation options, denying the fact of the floor, and seeing if the ceiling will provide what is needed for a functional table.
These experimentations grow costly when looking at the remaining functionality of the object. In the case of the hanging table, JON, stability is compromised and an interesting interaction between audience and item occurs. JON is well-acquainted with the fact of undeniable instability when in a hanging position, and is thereby accompanied with a grip to accommodate for 45 degree beverages.
JON’s entire body is covered in a JAN CREMER style markup spelling out the maker’s last name; VAN EECKHOUTTE.
All JON’s sides and undersides are layered with steel plates to demand a certain approach in the use of the object, and to protect it when swinging wildly. JON should not be pushed or shoved but instead be lifted with care, as to not scrape one’s floor with the under layered steel plates (when not hanging).
INCLUDES: TABLE, CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY, 16 METERS OF CHAIN, CARABINER HOOK, POSTCARD ILLUSTRATION”