Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Nicolas Feldmeyer_untitled (woven portico)

Nicolas Feldmeyer’s Untitled (Woven Portico) stunned passers-by as well as art lovers arriving to view the SLADE Graduate Show 2012. The white fabric interwoven with the existing columns of the portico dominated the square of the UCL building and gave the building a temporary new monumentality for a period of two weeks. The suddenly redefined portico space turned into a walk-in sculpture, posing the question of how architecture is represented, as this weightless intervention referenced both a neoclassical and a contemporary pop-up aesthetic. The contrast between the fragility of the fabric and the solidity of the Portland stone touched the viewer in an emotional and poetic way, outside of any pre-defined artistic context. Feldmeyer’s woven intervention to this preexisting space was both playful and innocent in character, and visitors to the piece could be observed exploring the space, walking inside and outside the sculpture with curiosity and excitement. Feldmeyer was awarded the William Coldstream Prize by UCL on his graduation.

 

As a side project following the installation, the material will be recycled into shopping bags by BITA Pathways, a charity dedicated to helping people suffering from mental health problems. They will work closely with London based Yasar SpŲrndli, an up and coming Swiss fashion designer and finalist of the H&M Design Competition 2012.

 

Nicolas Feldmeyer was born in 1980 in Switzerland. After completing his M.Sc. in architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Feldmeyer went on to study fine arts at the San Francisco Art Institute on a Fulbright Scholarship and completed his studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Feldmeyer has realized large-scale installations in Zurich and London, and has exhibited his work in San Francisco, Dublin, Zurich, Basel and London.