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Ideas and thoughts

by Helmut Smits

Onomatopee 93

This exhibition, featuring drafts and realized work by Helmut Smits, transmits the energy of the eureka experience: it is a display of ideas and models for ideas. This exhibition shows a world of ideas and boosts the energy of creative potential and an open mind.

Using unexpected materials and apparently out of nothing, working with existing objects, Helmut Smits creates products we can do something with, or alters spaces and situations. The result is functional: you may call it design – or just a damned good idea which stimulates the senses.

People are always ‘Building the Future’; we are passionate inventors, usually driven by our craving for progress. We identify problems or situations we want to change, we try out something and do a little test to see if it works out. Often, a good idea is as simple as ABC - you just have to think of it, that’s all!

Helmut’s idea of progress produces progress in the shape of irrepressible enthusiasm: the kind of enthusiasm which energises the eureka experience. Things and their functions are no longer strictly defined; it is all about needs and possibilities. Tolerances are being stretched - of ownership, operating instructions and therefore good manners as well. That may be the most important contribution of the eureka experience Helmut produces: a stretching of our tolerance with respect to our material world. Maybe his ideas are not even products, but just services.

This exhibition transmits the energy of the eureka experience: it is a display of ideas and models for ideas. This exhibition shows a world of ideas and boosts the energy of creative potential and an open mind.

 

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Publication

Helmut Smits, Freek Lomme, 2013

Ideas and thoughts by Helmut Smits

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The sketch drawings in the notebook Ideas and Thoughts by Helmut Smits capture bright solutions and inventions in the conditions of our daily order, perceived both within our social and our visual horizon. Rocking our foundations and playing on our sense of eureka!, these often realized propositions trigger a playful relation with our environment.

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Helmut Smits is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Straightforward, critical and witty, Smits is a ceaseless producer of ideas that comment on society and situations in a frank and often humorous way.

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Editors: Helmut Smits and Freek Lomme
Graphic design: Helmut Smits assisted by Gabriela Baka

Type
softcover
Dimensions
140 x 100 mm / 5.5 x 4 inch portrait
Pages
144
ISBN
978-94-91677-10-6
Editor
Helmut Smits, Freek Lomme
Author
Helmut Smits
Graphic
Gabriela Baka, Helmut Smits
Binding
threat-sewn and glued
Paper
144 pages Muncken Rough 120 grams (Inside pages) Wibalin Buckram, F-color Neuleinen Anthrazit (454), 120 gr (cover).
Edition
2.500
Color
black/white
Image specs
70 black/white illustrations
Details
Type in white foiled print.
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, 2014

Artist edition - Driving a Circle, Walking a Triangle, Cycling a Square, Flying a Line

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Driving a Circle, Walking a Triangle, Cycling a Square, Flying a Line

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Dimensions
A3 silk screen poster
Signed/Numbered
yes
Author
Helmut Smits
Graphic
Helmut Smits
Edition
100
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THE PEOPLE WHO’VE WORKED ON THIS PROJECT

  • Helmut Smits artist