Brecht Wright Gander, Pretty in Pink Lamp, USA, 2019
The Pretty in Pink Lamp has a cavernous swirling interior of color shifting and iridescent pigment which form a kind of dimensionless vortex — again through the layering of translucent glaze and suspending pigments between layers repeatedly — so that the light refracts across a span of depths. The switch becomes a focus of detail in that it is cohesively integrated into the language and body of the design, rather than existing as an applied component.
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: Steel, Plaster Wrap, Metal Leaf, Pigment, Wire Mesh
Dimensions: 67” H x 72” W x 61” D, 170.18 H x 182.88 W x 154.94 D cm
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