“Dutch designers Lernert & Sander create pieces that reflect on the remarkable, often messy endeavor of art-making. In their surreal, Pantone world, the creative process is always beautifully exposed: mundane everyday objects are re-imagined as elegant footwear for a series of Selfridges windows, the set for an eyeglass commercial is transformed into a magical pop-up book landscape, and wine glasses morph into a kaleidoscopic 18-century glass harp.” Read the interview with Lernert and Sander at the 99%.
Lernert & Sander are two dutch artists and friends who decided that working alone was getting boring and started collaborating on art related projects. Since their first video Chocolate Bunny they’ve been working on commercials, leaders, art movies, documentaries and installations. Their aim is to make simple and communicative works, that takes little note of the existing border between contemporary art and commercial projects. Their highly esthetic, humorous and dedicated works are often challenging the media and its viewer, in a simple but very effective way. Their work was selected for international festivals in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Oberhausen.
Sander Plug (1969) works as a freelance graphic designer and artist. He graduated in 1993 as industrial designer at the technical university in Delft and finished his Masters in Art in 2004 at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. He has exhibited in several group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona. He is a teacher in the graduation year of the Art Academy in Utrecht.
Lernert Engelberts (1977) works as a director and writer. He made Driving Miss Palmen, a Dutch soap set in India. He was editor/writer for RE-magazine. He wrote a dramatised garden program with Arjan Ederveen which he also directed and collaborated with director Michiel van Erp in 2006 for the documentary Warm Stories. Lernert also finishing his first highly critically acclaimed book of short stories Real Bad People. He publicises in the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant about art, was curator for Lost&Found, and is advisor for the Filmfund at research and development.
Both Lernert and Sander are contributors for Butt Magazine and are currently living and working in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Below you find some of their many videos.
Elektrotechnique – Music video for Dutch band De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig
Winner Dutch Design Award 2011, Best Motion Design
The Procrastinators – episode 1 (out of 11 so far)
We created a new series of 11 episodes of monologues about procrastination. Artists, writers and filmmakers tell about concentration, focus and the fine art of wasting their time.
Three ways of melting a chocolate hare.
Commissioned by Cut ‘n Paste for KRO-television
in association with the Dutch Culture Fund
Music by: Nathan Larson
Special thanks to: Carolien & Nathalie, Hectic Electric – Amsterdam
Commit and dedicate yourself to even the most stupid ideas that come to mind. We ve built a glass harp and learned to play this 18th-century musical instrument. Instead of a classical piece we choose the classic 20th-century piece ‘No limit’ by 2unlimited — easily the worst song ever!
Commisioned: MTV Europe for MTV Shorts
And Yes: it is real and no post production tricks. DUH!
More videos from Lernert and Sander on Vimeo.