Approved: 16.08.2006

Robert Orchardson

Approved: 16.08.2006

Robert Orchardson makes sculptures inspired by science fiction imagery and futuristic design, using lo-tech materials such as wood and resin or found objects. He has a nostalgia for the Utopian tendencies of the modernist period and focuses on shapes and objects which defined that aesthetic.
Forms pictured briefly in novels or film are crafted as abstracted sculptures; a pattern from a film still

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

Robert Orchardson makes sculptures inspired by science fiction imagery and futuristic design, using lo-tech materials such as wood and resin or found objects. He has a nostalgia for the Utopian tendencies of the modernist period and focuses on shapes and objects which defined that aesthetic. Forms pictured briefly in novels or film are crafted as abstracted sculptures; a pattern from a film still is rendered as a wooden screen, low-tech resin casts playfully suggest mineral forms in an alien landscape or vintage curios. Freeze-framing fantasy, Orchardson explores the spiritual and conceptual investment in the formal language of the modern. His work often has a spiritual quality to it and a kind of optimism, drawn from an interest in modernist and futurist architecture and design. (Michelle Cotton)

CV & Education

Protected Programme Projects (PPP) 2005 - Interview, Flash Art Qualifications and training 2004 - PGDip Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London Solo exhibitions 2011 - Endless Facade, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver 2011 - Endless Facade, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 2007 - Edge of the superstructure, Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin 2005 - Beyond, Monitor Gallery, Rome 2005 - Perfect Vacuum, Wilkinson Gallery, London 2004 - Symmetriad, Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Munich Group exhibitions 2008 - Let me show you some things, CCA, Glasgow 2007 - Robert Orchardson and Sarah Tripp, Generator Projects, Dundee 2006 - Robert Orchardson and Alexandra Mir, International Project Space, Birmingham 2005 - New Contemporaries, Barbican, London then touring to Manchester and Bristol Public commissions 2006 - Nexus, British Land/Seymour St, London 2005 - Carousel, The Economist Plaza, London