‘I'd wait for you again'

by Sebastian Sochan

August 2020

“I’d wait for you again” is a selection of sculptural and textile works that explore intimacy, closeness and obstacles of queer relationships. From how we as bodies intertwine and often blend, blur and reflect each other and the bittersweet restrictions we face. Side by side the works are undeniably independent but slowly they become conversational through their qualities - in things that one lacks, the other completes. Separately they are fragile and unstable but together they balance and hold each other strong.

One quality that is ever-present in these selected works is flatness. This element often defines the ways we classify and perceive imagery. The hanging sculptures and textiles pieces both create images with their forms, lines and colours but their processes and materials add dimensionality that pushes these works to lean towards disciplines that are outside of their own category.

The flat hanging sculptures have been made from various sugar mixtures, poured inside embroidered clear PVC pockets. The embroideries are based on photos of the artist and his boyfriend, particularly in moments of intimacy, highlighting their physical contact almost like a thermal body temperature camera (or lack of it due to fear of public opinion). Every piece has a different mixture of sugar and consistency, which affected the drying time, its form and the surface finishing to reflect the different impacts of these opinions.

The new tufting works were inspired by these sculptures, through the way their amorphous shapes, intuitive lines and blending of colours are able to reflect bodies yet remain mostly abstract and obscure. Some of the shapes in these tuftings were left unfilled and finished with a different colour to make the composition more gestural and unintentional, blurring the lines between dimensions and making the shapes appear as either separate or intertwining.


 

About:

 

My instinctual sculptural works explore the emotive and humble quality of materials, testing their borders between fragility and robustness. The work takes grace in its vulnerability to the world and celebrates everyday relationships with surroundings, materials and people - something that is intrinsic and primitive in our behaviour, whether it's love, lust or a simple affection.

Poetics of humbleness and fragility is at the heart of my work. Utilising the “home” and a diverse range of materials and processes such as sugar, paper and textiles, I form unmonumental works that are familiar and often ephemeral. He romanticises a lot about relationships, beauty and the idea of “bodies”. The work references fashion, set design, interiors and the everyday. Something that is central to these fields is the idea of taste. Can something nice and potentially sweet become bittersweet through imagination, association and material exploration? The excessive use of sugar, form, colour and textile techniques is a way in to question our relationship to the world of aesthetics and objects.

© 2020 by GOLDMALI Gallery

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