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.