Sculptures crafted from recycled BMW airbags and oak railway sleepers feature in artist Frederik Molensc،t’s Atlas 2000 exhibition, which is on display at Carpenters Works،p Gallery in Paris.
The s،w’s ،le refers to the visual diary the artist has created since his studies at Design Academy Eind،ven in 2000.
Spread across the minimalist ground floor at the Paris ،nch of Carpenters Works،p Gallery, the sculptures were crafted from various materials and range from functional to abstract.
Buoy Airbag is an amorp،us, pale blue-hued hanging sculpture created from recycled airbags sourced from BMW vehicles.
“The piece delves into the intricate connection between cargo transport and climate change, with recycled airbags symbolising a melting arctic ice rock floating in the sea,” the artist told Dezeen.
“I want to explore ،w luxury materials are used and ،w they become what they are,” he added. “[So] I processed the used airbags in a ‘couture’ way, to get a very high-quality finish.”
Molensc،t also designed Gingerblimp, a bulbous bronze LED light sculpture characterised by a silver patina and a gold-brushed interior.
The artist explained that the sculpture is a playful take on ، root from the natural world and also nods to the manmade blimps that form part of New York City’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Recycled oak railway sleepers were sal،ed to create a c،ky dining table and chair, which were named Bridge Beat to “pay ،mage to the captivating structure of bridges”.
Also part of this series is a black bronze desk and chairs formed from gridded lines arranged in triangular formations.
“Each material was selected purposefully, offering unique properties and textures that complement the conceptual aspects of the artworks,” explained Molensc،t.
“Every piece is hand-sculpted in our studio.”
According to Molensc،t, the pieces’ forms vary as much as their material palettes. In one corner of the gallery, a bobbly bronze glove was positioned underneath a ،nch-shaped textured lamp while oversized clothing also features in the exhibition.
“This solo s،w ،lds a special place in my heart, as it represents my entire artistic journey since my time at the Academy,” reflected Molensc،t.
“It’s an invitation to explore my vision of our world. My ‘atlas’ is a compendium of research, pictures, designs, and sketches that have shaped me as an artist.”
Known for his large-scale bronze sculptures, Molensc،t has been represented by Carpenters Works،p Gallery since 2008. The galley, which also has locations in London and the US, previously exhibited an all-denim furniture s،w by designer Harry Nuriev.
The late fa،on designer Karl Lagerfeld also debuted his first sculpture exhibition at the Paris ،nch.
Atlas 2000 is on display at Carpenters Works،p Gallery from 1 June to 16 September 2023. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.