tomas alonso: metals

tomas alonso: metals

‘metals’ by tomas alonso image © felix friedmann

london-based designer tomas alonso has conceived a series of objects commissioned by ‘vera chapter two‘ – a multi-disciplinary project that recreates a fictional character’s material and sensorial world. the fictional character is based on thirty-one photographs from a girl’s family that were found a few years ago in a second hand shop in brighton, england. from this, alonso deliberately fabricated the pieces from copper and mild steel – referencing debris that could be discovered on the sea shore. the series is produced through basic manipulations of standard industrial metal extrusions – generating function that is insinuated as opposed to dictated.

the work is directed by the written aesthetic of poetry and memory informed by ‘vera chapter two’:

‘focusing on the surroundings rather than the sweet smile of the young girl, central character in the picture, we can imagine a long pier stretching into the sea. a pier with with old wood pylons that show a mark of the water and its tides, corroding, eroding, growing a patina on that wood with the pass to time. this corrosion extends not just to the wood, but virtually any material touched by this environment.’

tomas alonso: metals the series is produced through basic manipulations of standard industrial metal extrusions image © felix friedmann

tomas alonso: metals the pieces are based off thirty-one photographs of a young girl discovered in a second-hand shop in brighton, england image © felix friedmann

tomas alonso: metals the work references debris that might be found on the sea shore image © felix friedmann

tomas alonso: metals all the work is made from either copper or mild steel image © felix friedmann

tomas alonso: metals the function of each object is insinuated as opposed to dictated image © felix friedmann

tomas alonso: metals ‘we can imagine a long pier stretching into the sea. a pier with with old wood pylons that show a mark of the water and its tides’ image © felix friedmann

tomas alonso: metals the objects are a result of a rigorous poetic interrogation image © felix friedmann

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