future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past,
only far more expensive. Ben Oostrum, the Rotterdam-based sculptor
and designer, challenges that notion through the exploration of possibilities
in art and design that are presented by new production methods and
consumer demands. His designs are an inexpensive tribute to the good
things to come. The best way to predict the future, after all, is to
According to Oostrum, his work can be seen as nostalgic reconstructions
of past images of the future; inspirations include artists like
Sol Lewitt and films
like Kubrick's "2001 A Space Odyssey."
These works, Oostrum says, set a standard for Science Fiction
in those days that
has stayed more or less unchanged. "Sure, special effects have developed, but
the optimistic expectation of the future prevails today although the future they
originally referred to already has arrived."
Oostrum completed art school in Rotterdam in 1989 and became a sculptor. In 1994,
he began a stint at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and has
mainly been working with ceramics since. He has had several exhibitions to date,
and his designs have been purchased by collections like the Museum Boijmans and
the Caldic Collection in Rotterdam. In 1997, Oostrum won the VSB Prize for his
ceramic light sculpture for a swimming pool in Vlaardingen.
Oostrum adheres to Dan Quayle's precise formulation: The future will be better