Day 335/365 of Steel – Julian Wild

Julian Wild has been making sculpture for 30 years. After graduating from Kingston University, Wild worked as an assistant to Damian Hirst before developing his own career path. Wild has exhibited at venues including: Chatsworth House (Sotheby’s), Sculpture in the City, Canary Wharf, Modern Art Oxford and The Saatchi Gallery.

Sculpture at Commission for The University of Oxford, Painted steel and stainless steel
Fig 1: Sculpture at Commission for The University of Oxford, Painted steel and stainless steel

Julian Wild’s works allude to minimalist sculptures disrupted by interventions and gestures within their form. He often uses color as an agent to exaggerate the contrast between elements within a work. He uses color as a signifier and signal maker. The Bog Standard, Bodger and Flop series seek to appropriate craft techniques and industrial processes to readdress hierarchies of making by creating bent and heaped forms in polished ceramic, glass and steel.

Crush, Painted steel and stainless steel
Fig 2: Crush, Painted steel and stainless steel

The Indeterminate sculptures emerged from the internal sections of the Systems series. These works are made in industrial box sections in steel and bronze. The Stripping the Willow sculptures reference acts of cutting and splitting, with metallic structures revealing vibrantly colored interiors.

Origin was a sculpture commissioned by the University of Oxford in 2017 and celebrates the ground-breaking work that takes place in their big data institute, representing data as a group of pixels that accumulates together to create a solid form. The resultant series uses particles of stainless steel that appear to disrupt and then commune together to create columns and other geometric forms.

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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