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AROKI_II, 2004
33 x 72 x 52 cm
13 x 28.3 x 20.5 inches


AROKI_II is the result of Ervinck's wish to reproduce corals or complex networks by hand. The corals in his oeuvre refer to various complex networks and prefabrications. According to Nick Ervinck, corals are also a kind of blobs, because they can grow endlessly in every direction (which, by the way, is something they have in common with his image archive) and because their complex shapes can only be imitated perfectly with the help of digital technology. A few years ago, during a stay in Berlin, Ervinck realized that the city is permeated by conduit pipes, which form a huge, invisible coral structure. That gave him the idea of building his coral sculptures.Ervinck's sculptures often emerge from the observation of reality. As he translates virtual images in tangible objects, for AROKI_II, he breathes life in industrial materials and creates an organic form out of them. AROKI_II thus is an organic version of a clean, almost virtual coral. An adaptation of Anneke Bokerns text 'In-between worlds: Reality and virtuality in the art of Nick Ervinck', 2009

2005   GNI-RI oct2005, Academie Tielt - Tielt, BE