Alexander Dellal's 20 Projects presents âHostage', a new body of sculpture by British artist Alex Hoda. Sculpture has always been about the external surface of an object but in his own words, Hoda's works âturn a natural process inside out.' Referencing Jean Fautrier's âHostage' series of the 40's each of the new twelve figurative bronze sculptures started life as a small rectangle of nicotine gum. The masticated gum was scanned and enlarged with a 3D printing machine, with Hoda taking a traditional cast of the resulting âobject' to translate it into bronze. Never touched by the artist's hand, the series is a product of reflex movement and technology; deliberately ambiguous it is open to multiple readings and a variety of responses.
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