Brecht Wright Gander, Junk Band Series no. 1, USA, 2018
Junk Band is a series comprised of sculptural tables and vessels created through the artist’s experiments in his studio employing unique materials and textures. Incorporating found objects, internal armatures, plywood, polystyrene, and resin, Gander creates his unique assemblages. Like inky relics from a Dr. Seuss oil spill the works appear haphazard and improvisational, and yet Gander is always cognizant of their functional aspects and structural integrity. Accumulations of detritus have been pieced together to form assemblages reminiscent of a one-man-band, each component reconstituting itself, yearning towards renewed usefulness. Blurring the boundaries between durable and disposable and the delicate and the permanent, Gander’s Junk Band Series challenges notions of form and function. Used as end tables, side tables or a coffee table, each work is fitted with platform shelves for objects and bowls for collecting or planting.
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. “Structurally balanced, architectural, a bit dramatic — I didn’t do much but translate this into different materials and finishes,” he says.
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.
Gander has been featured in Sight Unseen, Apartment Therapy, Design Milk, and the New York Times. In addition, Gander was a finalist for “Emerging Designer of the Year” in 2018 at NYCxDesign.
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