System No 19

Stainless steel
500 x 500 x 128 cm
Edition of 1

Despite the sense of methodical order evoked by its title, System No. 19 is more an expression of something gestural or immediate; a doodle, frozen and rendered in three dimensions. It forms part of an ongoing series of Wild’s work in which each piece, irrespective of medium or scale, is entitled System and numbered formulaically.

As with much of the artist’s work, System No. 19 is partially an exploration into the meanings that are impressed upon objects by external agents. The sense of movement or energy created by the dense yet delicate network of metal in this sculpture feels more organic than industrial. Just as the term ‘system’ is frequently used by scientists to apply order to chaos, any risk of disorder is alleviated by the hands of the sculptor; each tube combines to fulfil the outline of a perfect circle, and the spaces between the metal become as palpable a presence as the tubes themselves, perhaps in reference to the cells, particles and complex points of connectivity that make up our existences.


About The Artist

Julian Wild is interested in the idea of the indeterminate in relation to three-dimensional form. He explores the semiotics of materials that he uses which includes glass, ceramics, polished and painted stainless steel. His work considers the relationship between colour and sculpture, paying homage to modernist sculpture of the 1960s such as Anthony Caro's colour series. Wild deliberately leaves the surface of some of his work revealed in order to expose the materials shiny metallic core. Alongside this he also coats the surface of his sculptures in beautifully finished primary colours. More recently Wild has begun to deconstruct the geometry of the system series by creating linear three–dimensional drawings that create a narrative around the objects’ construction materials.

Julian Wild

Born: 1973