Brecht Wright Gander, Concrete Occlusion Wall Mural, USA, 2019
Brecht Wright Gander’s concrete Occlusion Wall, a large-scale, abstract architectural mural, is composed of a series of custom cast concrete tiles. Gander’s mural is available by commission to accommodate any interior or exterior, in an endless array of dimensions and compositions, including bespoke imagery.
Beginning with abstract freeform sketches, Gander creates a motif of forms and symbols that is translated into a larger image. Broken into a grid pattern, Gander then hand-carves the image into foam panels that act as a reverse for casting in lightweight, pigmented concrete. This unconventional process of reductive carving and casting allows Gander to essentially sketch with concrete, also rendering each panel unique.
His ephemeral impulse is captured in the concrete, taking on a surprisingly fresh durability. Much like his Ode to the Wrong Angle Series of vessels, conglomerations of found objects that are then cast in aluminum, the panels move quickly from impulse to solid material as technology allows. Gander’s patterned mural panels are available exclusively through Todd Merrill Studio.
Gander treats functionality as a ground for aesthetic play. His wide-ranging curiosity fuels his research-driven practice. He engages a multitude of unconventional materials, describing his unique works as “a culmination of many collisions.” Gander seeks out materials that allow him to go from impulse to final result with few intermediate steps. Using resins, paper pulps, single-use molds, spray foam, and cast-able concrete allows the artist’s hand to resonate throughout the work, addressing the “longing for haptic connection” Gander feels is a by-product of digital culture.
A recent move to a large warehouse-sized studio space in rural New Jersey has opened up Gander’s opportunity to experiment with new materials, including lightweight glass fiber, reinforced concrete, and color-shifting pigments, while allowing his works to take on a monumental scale.
Maintaining a delicate balance between whimsy and function helps stabilize Gander’s design practice.
“I want a certain level of seriousness with my play, to know that it’s connected to an inquiry that has a weighted intention behind it,” he says. “When it’s playful but also having to hit these measures of functionality, that’s the kind of place that I find the most compelling.”
Medium: Pigmented Concrete
Dimensions: 144” H x 216” W, 365.76 H x 548.64 W cm
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