Triune: Salon with Friedman Benda

Exploring artisanal processes is always a point of reference for our work.  In our first ever collaboration with the gallery Friedman Benda, we explored traditional methods of batik, a Javanese technique of wax-resist dyeing for this year’s Salon: Art + Design. We pushed beyond the typical applications of drawing with wax to create our own unique visual language.  The three panels of Habotai silk each measuring 24′ x 3′ were meticulously hand coated with multiple layers of hot wax.  Once hardened and cooled, the surface was cracked, folded, and rubbed to create fissures in the wax barrier; natural pigments containing charcoal, burnt vines, sea salt, and wild roses, were then forced into the crevices. The wax was then boiled off, leaving a compelling contrast between the pigment and the area where wax resisted.  We also found inspiration in the layering of our process, the timelessness that we were hoping to achieve and the layering of the earth’s crust, hence the atypical orientation of the triptych on display.

It is a great honor to show with Friedman Benda in the company of iconic contemporary artists and designers Byung Hoon Choi, Kishio Suga, Faye Toogood, Andrea Branzi, gt2P, and Adam Silverman. We have been long time fans of Faye Toogood’s Roly Poly Chair, which is being shown for the first time in silver nitrate. Our contribution to the show, Triune, is one of six pieces in an interpretation of the aesthetics of wabi-sabi, finding beauty in impermanence and imperfection, and integrity in authenticity and nature.     

Photography by Lauren Coleman