At first glance, you may think that the sculptures are made by striking them into shape or heating and then bending.
After all, they are made of thick and hard steel.
How else can you create these beautiful curves?
They were neither beaten nor heated. They’re pulled.
Under the action of great force to withstand the failure point of the steel, the plate begins to change the shape and bend.
The moment to shift from a tablet to a biological form takes a few seconds.
You can see the results in the picture above and below.
They reminded me of the meat that was shed by the imaginary creatures and quite a large one.
The largest one, cut/smoke 4L (above)
Sit on the concrete floor of the gallery.
Balance on two points of its curved edge to have an inherent brightness that is usually not related to steel.
It makes me feel like you can shake it back and forth like a steel cradle.
I also like its surface very much, its surface is somewhat rusty, will present the lovely mottled red.
The sculptures were created by John Paco, who is known as an architect and principal.
Patkau's first work as an artist is at Cut/Drawn at.
To make these pieces, Patkau said, the plates first scored in several places.
They are then placed in a special fixture that is attached to a crane in a steel plant to withstand up to 9,100 (20,000 pounds)of force.
Seeing the process, he says, is like seeing magic happen.
"After a few seconds, the tablet looks like it's swimming in the air-like the manta rays in the water," Patkau said in an interview . ".
"It becomes completely fluid.
As a construction company, Patkau Architects have an unusual side in the practice of studying materials.
Its findings can be seen in the new design at the foot of North Vancouver Lonsdale, which is worn.
According to Patkau's interview, there seems to be no clear line between architecture and art.
Or it is better to say that there is overlap between the two.
In any case, the discovery of the unique properties of the steel was started by testing with plastic sheets.
"We used a pretty good one out of curiosity.
"2 feet x 5 feet stainless steel plates have been cut," he said . ".
"We took it to the back lane behind the office, we connected one end to the pole, the other end to a post in our building, and then came --a-
"They are starting to Ratchet, tighten and pull stainless steel under increasing pressure.
He said they don't know what's going on.
"It works," he said . "
"We are dumbfounded. It was amazing.
I can't believe it.
"He went through multiple iterations to improve the shape and pattern of steel cutting.
The thickness of steel gradually increases.
He found that the defects in the pattern began to appear in the larger size.
Any weakness is disastrous.
He means that the steel is torn in some places or deformed into shapes that he is not interested in.
"What I did was based on observations of multiple iterations.
"Careful adjustments to the cutting and force allow the material to shift in the way I want it to, resulting in the emergence of fluidity and organic properties," he said . ".
One of the famous words of Michele Angelo Luo is that his goal is "" and I asked Patkau if the curved biological form of his sculpture was also imprisoned in steel.
"Of course," he said . "
"This shape expresses the inherent nature of the material released by cutting and stretching.
Patkau said that this force pushes the steel through the elastic range, in which it can bounce back to its original shape and into the plastic range of permanent deformation.
For engineers, this will be seen as driving steel towards failure.
There are three kinds of works in Jones Gallery: 1/8, 3/8 and.
Patkau says the next step is to make a sculpture half an inch thick.
The biggest work of this exhibition is Cut/Drawn 4L.
Its size is 94 cm x 2. 6 m x 97 cm (
In his eloquent artist statement, Patkau said Cut/Drawn is a direct intervention in the history of steel, a product of centuries of development and refinement.
Steel is common because it is very special, he said.
"There is nothing more efficient, powerful, resilient, lightweight, and cost-effective than this," he wrote . "
"Steel is universal, stronger in terms of tension than in terms of compression, and has enough elasticity to absorb huge stress without breaking or changing the shape.
He also admitted that its use in language and culture is synonymous with strength and rapid standing.
"Our work subverts the spirit of the steel plate-the way it exists.
He wrote: "We put it in a tense environment in which its nature is not only revealed as it is in a furnace, but is unfolding in response to the challenge.
"According to the intrinsic aspect of the material and its conditional properties, it does what it has to do.
He went on to describe that what was being done was to have a "conversation with the material, not to impose the intended form on the material. (Our process)
Negotiations must be held at the basic level of material and cultural reality.
Patkau said he had considered whether the form of sculpture could be transferred from the studio or the Art Gallery to the building.
"I don't believe they can apply directly," he said in an interview . ".
"They are part of a broader survey of our direct manipulation of materials, which has nothing to do with the building.
We have a variety of projects that are more directly applicable to construction than this one.
To some extent, that's why we chose to pursue it as a sculpture rather than a building.
"At the same time of cutting/drawing, it also shows the metal wall hanging of Markus Schaller in Berlinbased artist.
They are made by pressing the geometry on the aluminum plate.
The resulting pattern is similar to complex but usually straight.
Edge crystal structure in contrast to the curved lines of the Patkau work.
Cut/draw and Space Garden will last until January. 20, 2018 at .