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lawrence lek + onur ozkaya: twins
jun 30, 2011
lawrence lek + onur ozkaya: twins


‘twins’, a sculptural installation by lawrence lek and onur ozkaya, on exhibition at london’s new coldharbour gallery

‘twins’, an installation by german-born, new york-based artist lawrence lek in collaboration with industrial designer onur ozkaya,
uses the form of two identical wings as an architectural form, unto which shadows and projected light plays to offer visitors
the experience of a ‘world-within-the-world’. ‘twins’ is on exhibition through july 3rd as part of ‘illuminations’,
the inaugural exhibition of the coldharbour london artspace.

lek conceptualized ‘twins’ as a project wherein light and shadow are as integral to the formation of space as is the physical structure.
to create the sculptures, the team soaked flat, arrow-shaped pieces of birch plywood  in hot water, softening the material and permitting
its corners to be bent together and fashioned into a leaf or feather -like shape; these pieces were then lashed together in alternating rows
to create an undulating surface. the unusual process ‘makes the wings behave like a fabric’ so that their final draped form is influenced
by gravity.

lek notes that no three-dimensional modeling software was used to design or construct the installation; the design structure
resulted in close continuity between initial study and scale models and the full-sized prototype. the modular nature of the sculpture
permits it to be tailored to specific installation locations and structural support systems, while the artists foresee possible future
extensions ranging from the use of materials other than wood for the basic components to combining the sculpture with interactive
design technologies or kinetic mechanical parts to create a more responsive work.

in lawrence lek’s words:

‘I wanted to create a sculpture that you could inhabit, one that you could enter an illuminated world in which light and shadow
were as important as structure. I also wanted to combine two contrasting natural forms– the playfulness of wings in flight,
and the intimacy of a womb-like enclosure.

the project combine[s] earlier interests in biological skins and exoskeletons with a simple route or passage
through an interior zone. this notion of creating an inhabitable sculpture would operate between our animal instinct
to be immersed in nature, and our intellectual desire to create and control our environment.


profile view in gallery


additional view


detail view from below


the wood pieces stitched together


each of the identical components is formed from a piece of birch plywood that was soaked in hot water and then bent


concept model


scale model composed of playing cards


additional view of the playing card macquette


structural concept diagram of individual pieces


structural diagram for the sculpture


the artists at work installing ‘twins’


full view of installation macquette


initial video proposal of the project


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