Brecht Wright Gander, Homemaker’s Dry Bar, USA, 2018
The process of concrete casting allows Gander to capture his ephemeral impulses in the concrete, taking on a surprisingly fresh durability. Gander’s use of foam and concrete is employed in the application of his Homemaker’s Dry Bar. Working within the constraints of standard casework cabinet, his treatment of pigmented concrete expresses his will to “break free of the box.” Expanding spray foam, a conventional industrial insulator, creates a bubbly texture when applied. By spraying a wet concrete panel mold with spray foam Gander allows the foam to create a pattern, leaving the final details to chance and randomness as it expands. Un-molded the concrete panel is spiny and rigid (the reverse of the foam’s bubbly texture). The effect is an intense, roiling energy with the gravity and stasis of concrete.
Much like his Ode to the Wrong Angle Series of vessels, which are conglomerations of found objects that are then cast in aluminum, the door panels move quickly from impulse to solid material as technology allows.
New York City artist, Brecht Wright Gander treats functionality as a ground for aesthetic play. His wide-ranging curiosity fuels his research-driven practice. With unyielding confidence Gander engages a multitude of unconventional materials in ways which cause them to spark, become molten, desiccate, oxidize, exhale and twist. He describes his unique works as “a culmination of many collisions.” Produced through experiment and experience, his sculptural works often hide their functionality on first appearance.
With a BA from Skidmore in foundational philosophy and years of experience working for firms focused on high-end design and build outs, Gander launched his own studio in 2017 to fully explore his intrepid approach to conception. Since then his truly unique, hand-made designs have succeeded in gaining attention, whether it be shock, awe, or admiration.
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