November 2016

New woks have recently been completed for
Subodh Gupta, Shirazeh Houshiary, El Anatsui, Mariko Mori, Paula Rego, Mat Chivers, Paula Crown and many others. Works are in progress for Jenny Holzer, Mariko Mori, Wang Yuyang, the Haas Brothers, Davide Quayola, Cornelia Parker and Rachid Koraichi.
It is amazing that the artists we are working with come from all over the world; diverse cultures and that there are about the same number of men as women. The materials that are used are equally diverse ranging from stainless steel trough tapestry to precious stone, silver thread, glass, resin, gelatin, light sensitive materials and those formed by pressure. Sometimes they are modelled physically and sometimes they are conceived in a virtual space before being re-materialised using additive (3D printing) or subtractive (CNC milling) processes. However art is dependent on the dialogue between the past and the present. In an on-going collaboration with Sky TV Factum’s recreation of Caravaggio’s stolen Nativity is being followed by a series of nine programmes that will see ‘performances’ of nine great paintings lost in the C20th - each of which will form the thread that runs through each of the 45 minute documentaries.   |


El Anatsui

A year long collaboration with El Anatsui and the October Gallery has resulted in a group of intaglio printed works. They are based on scans of the table tops in El’s studio, Cassava graters and direct impressions from his elaborately folded and stitched bottletop ‘nets’ that are his best known works. The technique might be very different from El Anatsui’s studio practice in Nigeria, but his working process based on reflection, chance and spontaneous composition is clearly visible. The new works will be available as unique collages and the ‘Eclipse’ series will be available in an edition of 3 copies.

Image: El Anatsui at the Factum Arte workshop in early November


Shirazeh Houshiary

Over a year ago Factum Arte started a collaboration with Shirazeh Houshiary to build works from specially made Murano glass blocks. It has been subtle, focused and hopefully invisible work to produce objects that transcend their materials, focusing instead on light and colour. To achieve this the method of assembly has to be embedded in the work; it is dependent on manual skill and an uncompromising attention to detail.
Many of the innovations in our workshops are visible and large scale, but it is also the small, elegant solutions that make works of art. The merging of digital and physical craftsmanship is the hallmark of Factum Arte’s work.

Image: Detail of Shirazeh Houshiary's Rubina Glass Sculpture


The New Yorker's piece on Factum Arte is out

Click here to read The New Yorker´s article on Factum Arte.
The piece written by Daniel Zalewski, who spent some days in Factum Arte last year, outlines some of Factum's most valued and praised works, giving the reader a real insight into what life is like inside and out of the Madrid warehouse.

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