Brecht Wright Gander, Yo! Burri Light Series No. 3, USA, 2018
NYC based artist Brecht Gander experiments with unique materials and textures to create bespoke works of functional sculpture. His commanding Yo! Burri Light Series, is an homage to Alberto Burri, an Italian painter and sculptor considered a key figure in Post-War abstract art. Like Burri, Gander employs unorthodox materials, in this case pigmented & reinforced paper mache, epoxy clay, steel, plaster wrap, and LEDs.
The crude, texture of the sculptural lights does not attempt to hide evidence of its construction, rather, it embraces the artist’s hand at work. The lamps’ heads are positioned precariously from a spindly tripod, thrust forward giving the impression of an otherworldly seeing eye, blurring the line between anthropomorphism, abstract sculpture, and functional design. The over-scaled lamps are illuminated by hidden LED’s which are both reflected and absorbed in the domed gold interior creating an illusion that its interior glows from an almost mystical source.
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.
Pigmented & reinforced paper mache, epoxy clay, steel, plaster wrap.
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