Fredrikson Stallard’s New Modern Cabinet Made Out of Cardboard
David Gill Gallery presents REFORMATION, its sixth solo show by avant-garde partnership Fredrikson Stallard. The art exhibition features eleven monolithic sculptural works made from cardboard, cast in bronze and finished in black, patinated bronze, polished bronze, or painted white. But what captured our attention was their newest modern cabinet made out of cardboard, isn’t it surreal?
This new, monochrome body of work comprises coffee tables, cabinets, dining tables and three wall-mounted pieces, including a diptych, which are not functional but, positioned differently, could be tabletops. Furniture or art? Art furniture. In this modern cabinet, perception is all and the answer, clearly, is both.
REFORMATION refers to the deconstruction of cardboard boxes and the process of reconstruction that follows, becoming later on a modern cabinet. They call this modern art of ‘reverse painting’ because the cardboard responds much like oil paint and the collaging is done back-to-front to do this furniture design. The contemporary art pieces are then placed face-down inside industrial steel-pressing machines and are finally ready to be cast.
‘Materials contain a certain autonomy, in the way they move and form themselves,’ says Stallard. ‘Incredible shapes appear without your full intention, but you learn how to encourage certain forms and discourage others. It’s a kind of choreography.’