Brecht Wright Gander, Rhythm and Flow Bench, USA, 2019
Gander’s latest works experiment with new materials, like lightweight fiberglass and color-shifting pigments. The Rhythm and Flow Bench, much like its coordinating Console, is initially carved in foam, followed by a layer of high strength fiberglass that is buffed to a perfectly smooth surface. Borrowing techniques from custom hotrod body work, the pigmented, color shifting resin is sealed in multiple clear coats, then polished to a hard candy finish. The Bench has a carved, soft-foam seat, upholstered in a blue silk moire.
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.
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: Foam, Fiberglass, Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 20” H x 32” W x 18” D, 50.80 H x 81.28 W x 45.72 D cm
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