With bold and vigorous translations of intimate gestures, Fredrikson Stallard’s Hybrideae work is the result of shaping minute expressive objects in soft red terracotta and then digitally enlarging these into permanent objects in white bronze.
The process strengthens and exaggerates the temporal energy of creation, encapsulating the artists intuition and anticipation of what these pieces will eventually become in the very few seconds each clay piece is conceived.
Translation of material, a thread of investigation that runs through Fredrikson Stallard’s work, in this case from clay to white bronze, exposes the incidental nuances from the original form. Even the artists finger prints are preserved as memories running along the surface, becoming a graphic pattern in their own right. The heart of Hybrideae is that as well as the artists personal marks, the gestures and traces of machinery sit equally alongside as part of the analogue vs digital creation process. By underlining these qualities the artists are essentially celebrating the art of making, craft, as well as technology, and underlining the signature, the importance of authorship and authenticity in the digital age.
This first body of work, large vessels created to hold plants for both interiors and outdoor spaces, is made in a white bronze which has been researched and developed together with the artists foundry.
Hybrideae VII – H87 x W85cm (H34 x W33in)
Available from Fredrikson Stallard studio