otona-nikibi2 featured Belgian artist carved tires back in 2012. His new exhibition on view at in New York this month turns up the volume, featuring must-see sculptures from the last five years. In a variety of materials, it all feels like a competition between machine precision and hand-made perfection – where too much is not enough, and everybody wins.
For his “Twisted Tire” series, a motorcycle tire was digitally scanned and warped into various forms. The ENTIRE thing is cast in stainless steel, with a black patina to mimic rubber (there is no rubber in this sculpture). .
The centerpiece of the show is the REAL 1950’s racing car that has been intricately hand-embossed by Iranian artisans hired by . It’s ALMOST too much – like inlaying diamonds INTO a ruby, but I can’t look away. The result is a unbelievable 360° view of thousands of hand-tapped details.
Other embossed aluminum objects litter the exhibition, including a set of modified luggage pieces (also not cheap) and 2 fire extinguishers that look like they just happened to be in the gallery during this detail festival. I do hope that if/when they make it to a museum, they are hung in a random hallway.
My favorite are the neoclassical Rorschach’ed bronze sculptures. Just over 2 feet tall, each was sourced from real neoclassical figurines, () then digitally stretched, twisted and mirrored into fully three-dimensional silhouettes of classic artistry and deformed digital manipulation.
And by far the most intricate, time-consuming (and inexplicable) is the massive “Twisted Cement Truck”.
Stretching nearly 12-feet tall and part of a larger “” series, it’s a Mercedes (yes Mercedes) cement truck that is pieced together from Gothic architectural elements, digitally torqued, hung from its nose, and made from HUNDREDS of laser-cut stainless steal pieces, taking a team of workers over a year to design and build.
This show adds insane levels of detail to the already “perfect” objects – using both highly skilled human hands and new levels of digital technology. The result is a rollercoaster of visual experiences that must be seen up close and in person.
What: Where: , 130 Orchard St, New York, NY
When: September 9 – October 29, 2017
Cover image & all gallery installation photographs © Delvoye / ADAGP Paris, 2017, photographed by Guillaume Ziccarelli / Courtesy Perrotin
All other detail & single work images photographed by the author, David Behringer.