print mounted on pvc
84 x 126 cm, framed 108 x 150 cm
33.1 x 49.6 inches, framed 42.5 x 59.1 inches
The 20th century was characterized by a growing mobility, and consequently by a growing cultural exchange. This exchanges sometimes resulted in a culture clash. Nick Ervinck tries to visualize the problems of our hypermobile culture by mounting the abbey of Cluny – a Benedictine monastery in France in Romanesque style, dating from the 10th to the early 12th century – on an enormous oil tanker. IEBANULK can be interpreted as a hypermobile ark of Noah and has reminiscences to a Western Culture, which once was very powerful. By combining these two elements, the public is forced to observe in a different manner. While the dimensions of the tanker and the cathedral are perfectly balanced, the towers are raised beyond proportion. Here, Ervinck points at a current 'tower of Babel-complex' in our society; a striving to build beyond the sky, in order to show off and to reach God, or at least to find the unknown. Yet, IEBANULK will never sail away, and therefore it is rather an empty meditative space. IEBANULK is designed fully digital and the lower part was moulded by a machine. Resulting out of this working process is a symmetric form, with smooth curves, which are polished afterwards.