Nick Ervinck (BE)

Fri 12 May, 16:00
De Brakke Grond

Disappointed by the lack of renewal in contemporary sculpture, Nick Ervinck developed an interest in computer-aided-designs. In his talk he will explores the realm of the impossible by letting architecture and sculpture meet, and explains how he can push the boundaries of the traditional disciplines by using new materials and techniques.

Nick Ervinck is fascinated in the development of art in relation to new materials and techniques, and finds a lack of renewal within contemporary sculpture. He turned towards architecture, applied sciences and New Media, in order to elaborate a new language, and to compose forms and designs that were unthinkable before digital technology. His aim is to let architecture and sculpture meet, to explore the realm of the impossible, by constantly pushing the limits of what we call ‘realistic’.


Nick Ervinck (1981, BE) explores the boundaries between various media, fostering a cross-pollination between the digital and the physical.  His images balance on the edge of functionality, spatial intervention, digital aesthetics and object-oriented eclecticism. Using copy paste techniques in a 3D software environment, he derives images, shapes and textures from different sources: basilicas, corals, dinosaurs, cottages, Rorschach inkblots, etc. … Simultaneously he references the tradition of sculpture: such as the work of Hans Arp, Henry Moore or Barbara Hepworth, and to architecture: Greg Lynn. He is interested the realisation of new, organic and experimental (negative) spaces and sculptures within sculptures, and how the tension between blobs and boxes is articulated during the digital designing process.