Thursday Salute to Originals: Picture, Picture
Fabian Oefner crafts complex sculptures of intricate technologies suspended in transparent blocks.
In a new sculpture series titled Cut Up, Oefner dissects the inner-workings of complex technologies — like an SLR camera — and arranges their pieces in a constructed way.
In previous works, the artist would capture moments of intense destruction. Here, Oefner explores “re-assembly” and how tiny, seemingly random pieces and shapes fit together in an organized way within larger figures and intricate tools.
Oefner focuses on still and video cameras as in this series as both a reference to previous works in photography and an ironic statement where the artists’ tool becomes a work of art itself.
The production process is, “a unique mix of high-end and low-end technologies,” explained Oefner in a public statement about the collection.
To craft each piece, Oefner begins by setting full equipment in blocks of transparent resin, cured in a vacuum chamber set to precise atmospheric pressure and temperature. Once solidified, each object is cut into pieces with a bandsaw before being hand-polished and re-arranged into fragmented versions of their original form.
This Thursday, we’re saluting Fabian Oefner and the Cut Up series. Through complex material processes and thoughtful design, the artist has crafted eye-catching subjects that are captivating from every angle.
To get a behind-the-scenes look at the design process or to see more original work, check out Oefner’s Instagram.