Artist Raphael Hefti Turns Gallery Into A 19th Century Metal Factory

Raphael Herti- Sculpture/Performance

Raphael Hefti- Sculpture/Performance

Raphael Hefti- Sculpture/Performance

Raphael Hefti, an artist interested in the factory-like production and performative qualities of art making, puts a twist on ‘land/earth art’ by using sand, iron oxide, aluminum and a 19th century welding process on an enclosed gallery space in London.

His works blur the boundaries between natural/industrial, as he shows new ways of considering the artwork outside of already established narratives, in this case, setting up a foundry (a factory that produces metal castings) in a gallery space, and/or creating a natural process in an industrialized way/setting.

‘Quick Fix Remix’, a performance and exhibition, demonstrates the artist working with the process of ‘thermic welding’, a 19th century industrial process originally devised to weld steel train tracks together. The sand underneath the artist’s feet is composed of iron oxide and aluminum. With the help of both the portable casting vessel (located towards the back of the gallery space) and the artist’s physical labor, the sandy landscape is transformed into an improvised metal casting factory. (via mousse magazine)

“For me the idea of performance is related intimately to the idea of production. Often the situation I work in has its own sense of choreography – from the dunes of a beach to the machinery of a factory floor.”

 

Huge Installation Art Reverses Production And Consumption Process

Ni Haifeng installation art

Ni Haifeng installation art

Ni Haifeng installation6

In his giant installation art / performance Para-Production, artist Ni Haifeng reverses the common global process of production.  A massive movement of commodities takes place each day often beginning in the country of Ni Haifeng’s birth – China.  Many companies defer production of their goods to the country which are then often exported for consumption in the Western world.  In Para-Production, however, a large room is filled with loose garments and sewing machines.  Gallery visitors are then invited to work, to sew these items together.  In a way, the installation becomes a performance of labor – people that are often the consumer of Chinese-made products instead produce a product for a Chinese artist. [via]

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