Title: FINUDIM / OKNALEH
Artist: Nick Ervinck
Dimensions: 105 x 233 x 280 mm. / 138 x 87 x 280 mm.
Weight: 0,43 kg / 0,2 kg
In the sculpture FINUDIM, the tension between tradition and innovation, between the linear and the organic, is clearly visible. There is an inherent monumentality in this artwork, that refers to Roman god statues, which are an important source of inspiration for the artist. The pedestal, in turn, is also a classic, linear design. However, the dynamics in the sculpture itself, which is created through computational design methods, transforms the design in a monumental, futuristic statue. This results in a sculpture that inspires and intrigues, but also exudes a classic elegance.
Because of the gradient, this endless movement in the sculpture is enhanced. The dynamics are inspired by a quill that was used as a writing instrument for centuries. At the same time, the innovative design methods refer to the digital revolution, that has an enormous impact on our daily life. Past and present are intertwined, referring to the tradition of writing and how it is evolved into writing down our words and thoughts digitally today.
OKNALEH looks like a guard or a disciple of a divinity who is safeguarding an unknown sanctuary. This sculpture is at the same time frightening and fascinating. One can wonder if this guard hides the realm beyond the tangible from the viewer or if he rather opens the gates to this unknown territory. OKNALEH moreover tells about the construction of the past. Each historic period, this past is interpreted differently. The piece seems monumental, but at the same time is build out of holes and lacunae. For this sculpture, Ervinck was inspired by Henry Moore and Hans Arp, who used the empty or negative space as a positive, constructive force.
In this project Nick Ervinck and Sandhelden decided to make a reprint of an existing sculpture by him. However, it was important for both parties the existence of a certain distinction in order to respect the previous work. For this, we scaled the FINUDIM and OKNALEH down to around two-thirds of their actual size.
Nick Ervinck creates huge installations, sculptures, prints, work drawings, and animated films. For several years he participated in many individual projects and group shows.
The Belgian artist explores the borders between various media. He tries to find an interaction between virtual constructions and hand-made sculptures. A lot of different media are used by the artist such as prints, video and digital drawings.
In his digital prints and animations, Nick Ervinck creates a surrealistic space by strange combinations of forms and by playing widely with volumes, proportions, and colors.