Victor Seaward: Still Life

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Obere Zäune 12, CH-8001, Zürich, Switzerland
Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 12-4pm


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Victor Seaward: Still Life

Zürich

Victor Seaward: Still Life
to Sat 30 Jul 2022
Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 12-4pm
Artist: Victor Seaward

Fabian Lang presents Still Life, Victor Seaward’s first solo exhibition outside of the UK.

Artworks

Vanitas I, 2022

Quing Dynasty bowl from the Tek Sing shipwreck; full colour 3D printed gypsum silver birch twigs, seashells, paracetamol; powder coated mild steel, LED lighting system
42 x 48 x 25 cm (16.5 x 18.9 9.8 in)

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Vanitas V, 2022

Full colour 3D printed gypsum clementine, cardboard fragment; 3D printed SLA resin Egyptian fragment; powder coated mild steel, LED lighting system
47 x 31 x 20.5 cm (18.5 x 12.2 x 8 in)

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Vanitas II, 2022

Full colour 3D printed gypsum tennis ball, rope, pistachio shells, paracetamol; powder coated mild steel, LED lighting system
42 x 48 x 25 cm (16.5 x 18.9 x 9.8 in)

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Vanitas IV, 2022

Full colour 3D printed gypsum sycamore twig; enamel on 3D printed SLA fly; powder coated mild steel, LED lightning system
47 x 31 x 20.5 cm (18.5 x 12.2 x 8 in)

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Vanitas VII, 2022

Full colour 3D printed gypsum cigarette, tennis ball; powder coated mild steel, LED lighting system
27 x 20 x 14 cm (10.6 x 7.9 x 5.5 in)

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Vanitas VI, 2022

Full colour 3D printed gypsum garlic, cardboard fragment, packing chips; 3D printed SLA resin water bottle, coral, bird’s eggs; bird nest; powder coated mild steel, LED lighting system
67 x 62 x 22 cm (26.4 x 24.4 x 8.7 in)

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Vanitas III, 2022

Full colour 3D printed gypsum ramen, microfibre flannel; 3D printed SLA resin water bottle; 3D printed PLA crate; powder coated mild steel, LED lighting system
42 x 48 x 27 cm (16.5 x 18.9 x 10.6 in)

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Vanitas VIII, 2022

Full colour 3D printed gypsum clementine, sock; powder coated mild steel, LED lighting system
27 x 20 x 14 cm (10.6 x 7.9 x 5.5 in)

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Vanitas IX, 2022

Full colour 3D printed gypsum cigarette, toilet roll; powder coated mild steel, LED lighting system
27 x 20 x 14 cm (10.6 x 7.9 x 5.5 in)

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Oracle II, 2022

Outside: emulsion, enamel, and epoxy resin on 3D printed PLA; silicone on jute rope Inside: 3D printed SLA resin, silicone, LED and electrical components
43 x 21 x 20 cm (16.9 x 8.3 x 7.9 in)

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Oracle III, 2022

Outside: emulsion, enamel, and epoxy resin on 3D printed PLA; silicone on jute rope Inside: 3D printed SLA resin, silicone, LED and electrical components
43 x 21 x 20 cm (16.9 x 8.3 x 7.9 in)

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Screws, 2022

3D printed SLA resin screws
Dimensions variable

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Seaward blends the old and the new from history, juxtaposing ancient cultural artifacts with hyper-engineered ones. The insidious authenticity of the fabricated objects is comparable to Deepfakes – eerily realistic looking Trompe-l’oeil objects that have been designed or distorted by artificial intelligence techniques. In a way they are physical manifestations of raw data – a convincing simulacrum of a series of 0s and 1s.

After studying painting at the Royal College of Art, UK, where he always had a particular focus on wall based sculpture, he began constructing framing devices in the form of vitrines and shelves on which those items are carefully curated.

Alleged antiques interact with perishable and decaying matter, organic waste and facsimiles. Orange peel and flies, pistachio shells, a microfiber flannel, pieces of cardboard, bird nests and crushed plastic water bottles. A 3D printed Egyptian fragment is taken from a scan of a granite head of Amenhotep III, circa 1300 BC, found at Christie’s.

The meaning of the real or reproduced objects is questioned. The depiction of inanimate objects is taken to extremes by adding additional symbols of transience. The vanitas theme is spun further here and not only illustrates a conflict between the Middle Ages and modernity, but also between the present and the future and shows the dichotomy between human humility and human self-confidence.

The act of observation, a peering into an object, is also investigated in a quasi-naturalistic manner in the form of three curious rendered nest-like forms hanging from the ceiling. Here Seaward explores the concepts of containment and display informed by the natural environment as opposed to display as a purely human category.

How ephemeral is a 3D print? What is lost, what is gained by reproducing a real object? What is the artifice? Placement creates meaning. What if you don’t know any longer what’s real and what’s fake? Who created the object you are looking at? What agency or aura does the admired still carry if you don’t know the answer to last question? Searching for answers in the collision between the inanimate and the mundane, Seaward reveals the mystique of its combinations and mixed meanings.

Courtesy of the artist and Fabian Lang, Zürich


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