Omer Arbel, 1976
Based in Vancouver and Berlin, Omer Arbel explores the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials as fundamental departure points for making work. His interdisciplinary practice spans multiple scales and cultural-economic contexts to include architecture, industrial design, materials research, sculpture, invention, and high craft manufacturing. Arbel’s work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Mallett, and the Monte Clark Gallery, among others.
71 results from a repetitive process that consists of submerging machine bolts wrapped in copper wire into a nickel or copper based chemical solution and introducing an electric current. After near-countless repetitions of the process over long intervals of time, metal accretions begin to grow on the machine bolt surface, in response to the haphazard form of the electro-magnetic field around each bolt.