Carwan Gallery proudly participated to NOMAD St Moritz 2021 and presented two exclusive collections by Marcin Rusak and Hot Wire Extensions.
Due to the surge of innovation in 3D printing technologies, SLS printing has become popular because of its design freedom, high productivity and relatively low cost. However, the nature of the printing process means that large quantities of SLS nylon powder is left as by product, leading to unforeseen wastage whose disposal has not been considered. The Hot Wire Extensions process fuses nature and innovation by taking inspiration from the way a vine grows around a tree and developing a process that repurposes waste nylon powder. A nichrome wire is shaped and placed within a container filled with nylon powder and silica sand. An electric current is sent through the wire, causing the mixture to solidify around the form leading to endless possibilities in shape, scale and possible application. The process seamlessly binds materials, turning transient lines into durable, organic and bone-like structures.
In Protoplasting Nature, Rusak combines metal and exotic leaves to make opposing processes — life and death, renewal and decay — evident. A load-bearing structure, formed by hand using welded steel, evokes organic shapes and ornate 17th-century furnishings. In place of a lampshade, Rusak attaches real leaves from the exotic plant Thaumatococcus Daniellii, a rhizomatic herb widely cultivated in central Africa for its exceptionally sweet fruit and useful leaves. The entire sculpture is then coated in zinc using thermo coating process, thus permanently encasing the leaves within a thin metal shell.