OLIVER SUNDQVIST & FREDERIK NYSTRUP-LARSEN
Capturing the essence of Frederik Nystrup-Larsen (b.1992 Copenhagen) & Oliver Sundqvist’s (b.1991 Copenhagen), Tai Chi inspired series, Soft Boxing, Side Gallery presents a short video of the collection, exhibited in the Barcelona gallery. Ten new luminous sculptures composed of stainless steel structures, a relief of acrylic knit, and fluorescent LED pipes, illustrate the immemorial Chinese martial art, translating the flowing movements of the body and mind into material objects.
Frederik Nystrup-Larsen and, Oliver Sundqvist’s proven partnership continuously questions the current state of contemporary design. Over the last few years, they have placed a continued focus on creating unique and collectible objects, with the central theme of longevity. The pair seek to ignite a feeling of responsibility in people through the creation of thoughtful and sustainable pieces. A lot of their work questions the surrounding world. Inspired by characters and movements that challenge established understandings of structures within this world.
Through a sequence of 10 lamps, the Danish duo explores the gradual transition of flowing movement. Breathe in, breathe out. Zen. Taking us to the ultimate source or the limit of reality, the series channels energy from the mind, through the body, and translates it into materiality. Reflecting the charm of Tai Chi and the movement’s fundamental Yin/Yang-duality, each sculpture is finely composed of a skeleton of bent steel, determining the object’s biomorphic form – reviving the 1950s idiom of organic design –, stretched by a seamless coat of acrylic-knit, and illuminated by a heart of LED piping within. Each piece signifies a unique gesture or command, creating 10 displacements of form within the transference, 10 unique variations of the ritual. Some dangle and others balance on fragile legs, resembling a praying mantis.
The exhibition is on view at Side Gallery, Barcelona until the 20th of March 2023.
The creative duo of Frederik Nystrup-Larsen (b.1992 Copenhagen) and Oliver Sundqvist (b.1991 Copenhagen) has proven to be a partnership that continuously questions the current state of contemporary art. The pair have reinterpreted the processes of consumerism, illustrating critique on overconsumption and poor manufacturing through working in the field of art and design.
Intellectually and physically dependent on regular variation and change, 'Mater' (meaning mother in Latin), the first collective project between Oliver and Frederik, was a vase created as a Christmas present for their mother. Norma, a Copenhagen restaurant that is often referred to as the best restaurant in the world, used the vase. Since 'Mater,' the duo have continued focusing on creating unique and collectible objects, with a central focus on longevity. The pair seek to ignite a feeling of responsibility in people through the creations of thoughtful and sustainable pieces. A lot of their work questions the surrounding world. Inspired by characters who challenge established understandings of and structures within this world, the duo look towards multiple disciplines to fuel their creativity.
Their process is as equally important as the final product. Inspired by beauty and decay, Oliver and Frederik's creative process is split into phases - initially, they spend a lot of time reflecting, not stressing about it, and being slow, taking actions that do not relate to the project or practice. The following phase, the physical execution of the idea, is built on intuition and (often an unhealthy) tempo. The duo thrives off the flow of stress, allowing their brains to work on autopilot while creating.
The designers split their time between Copenhagen and London and have exhibited at Art Basel and at two solo shows before they had even finished school.