David Huycke, ‘Untitled Potrait’, 2013, Caroline Van Hoek

In his recent work David Huycke takes a new approach with granulation and created the object Untitled Portrait. The object is build up with more than 30.000 individual spheres in a chaotic configuration, as if they are little body cells. The anthropomorphic form enhances the relation with the human body and introduces this object in the realm of figurative sculpture.

About David Huycke

Known for his granulated vessels, Belgian silversmith David Huycke appropriates a Bronze Age process and uses it to hyper-contemporary effect. Granulation, the ancient technique of invisibly soldering minute metal balls to a base, has been used as decoration for centuries. But in Huycke’s hands—and with industrial finishes—the surface treatment becomes the form itself, and in turn looks less baroque than it does biological. His tiny, bead-like spheres appear like cells under a microscope, regenerating fractally. Historically, granulation has been considered one of the hardest goldsmithing methods to master; and indeed it took Huycke half a decade to perfect.

Belgian, b. 1967, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, based in Hasselt/Genk, Belgium