Brecht Wright Gander, Ode to the Wrong Angle no. 11, USA, 2018
Ode to the Wrong Angle is a series comprised of sculptural vessels created through the artist’s experiments in his studio employing unique materials and textures. Gander begins with found objects, which though sculpting and manipulation provide the initial forms of each vessel. The works are then carved, assembled, and cast in aluminum before being powder coated in jewel tones further, enhanced with a second powder coating of glitter. Blurring the boundaries between durable and disposable and the delicate and the permanent, Gander’s work challenges notions of form and function. The works are haphazard and improvisational, and yet functional as vases, planters, or even a champagne bucket.
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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