"The urge to create is innate, an
undeniable, eternally emergent force"
Fakir Juggling Ball (7cm Ø)
ABOUT THE SCULPTURES
Each of the sculptures is a unique creation. The sculptures are made from hundreds to thousands of individual components, like screws, nuts, bolts, washers and other hardware. The Fireworks and spheres series contain up to 400 screws. The Insect and Mandala sculptures use 2000 to 3000 components. The sculptures weigh as much as 6 kg.
The construction is taking the materials to their natural limits. For instance, the screw density is maximised so that no more can physically fit, or be placed without rupturing the carrier sphere. The early artworks used glue to affix the screws, pointy side out. All current artwork uses purely mechanical connections, no glue.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dutchman Joris Hoftijzer enjoys and practices many artforms: music composition, graphic design, photography and drawing. In recent years he prefers the more tangible arts and is focused on sculptures created from construction materials like bolts, screws, nuts and washers. Joris' sculptures explore the line between the artificial and the natural, and connect these two opposites by using sacred geometry and common building materials as construction tools.
Joris lives and works in his studio in Brussels, Belgium. Biography.
The ever increasing artificiality and wastefulness in today's world; the sometimes blurry line between the real and the unreal; the fragile versus the immutable; man's propensity, ingenuity and tools to modify nature; nature's beauty and resilience; a fascination to repurpose ordinary building blocks.
RECYCLE, RE-USE, RE-PURPOSE
A few bags full of screws belonging to an American refrigerator, that travelled across the ocean, only to be thrown away, discarded without having served their purpose - that's what started all this. The first screw sculpture was a set of three spheres titled 'Fakir Juggling Balls'. From that singular moment sprouted an avalanche of inspiration and ideas to re-use and re-purpose other materials.
Photography is a vital and integral component in the artistic process. A sculpture is not finished without a photo session to highlight it's character. The photo setting is chosen such that the abstract nature of the sculptures is highlighted by contrast, resulting in remarkable photos that can be enjoyed as much as the sculptures themselves.
The circle, sphere, pentagon, hexagon and spiral are reoccurring elements in natural design, as well as in the design of the sculptures. Some sculptures use 9- and 30 fold symmetry in their design, and all of them are based on the sphere as the basic element. Either the overall shape is spherical, or one or more spheres are used as main components
The use of common building materials like nuts, bolts, washers and screws mimics modular natural construction with atoms, molecules and cells. The blending of the artificial and the biological is further amplified by incorporating abstractions of typical man made elements like electrical isolators as ligaments, and load bearing wall anchors as musculature. Likewise, typical biological elements are mimicked in metal: screws become thorns, ball bearings become insect eyes, and bolts become scales.