Bowl 2004

from Flower series

David Huycke (born 1967, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium)

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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Photo: Mike Davidson, Positive Image / Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

David Huycke trained in Antwerp and has long been fascinated by the ancient technique of granulation and has applied this skill to the creation of spherical objects. This bowl, however, is from a recent series of work, which investigates another of his preoccupations - the relationship between the cube and the sphere. The forms are bowls that appear to have their genesis in a cube, and cubic forms that are rounded in shape, constructed by folding circular ‘squares’. This bowl is reminiscent of a partially closed flower head just ready to burst open in full flower, or closing at the end of day. Here he explores geometric shapes and volume, contained by the partial closure of the bowl. The interior is patinated black creating contrast and colour. Huycke’s work is dominated by a confident handling of the material and tremendous technical expertise. The simplicity and naturalness of the forms he creates belie the depth of the expertise that allows him to pull off such precise, clean shapes. The walls of this bowl are hammered and raised until very thin, making the finished work light to handle, much more so than the size would suggest. He also works with the tonal qualities of silver and has previously used patination to create shades of grey or as here, a contrast between dark and light, playing with perspective and way we, the viewers, perceive

Acquisition Details

Acquired from The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2005
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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