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Raphael Hefti

*1978 Neuenburg, lives and works in Zurich raphaelhefti.com

  • The Speech Of The Bleach, 2020
  • Anodised aluminium sheet
    (18 unique pieces)
  • Edition of:
  • Dimensions: 30,00 cm x 21,00 cm x 2,00 cm
  • Production: Studio Raphael Hefti
  • CHF 1600.00
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  • The Speech Of The Bleach, 2020
  • Anodized titanium plate (
    3 unique pieces)
  • Edition of:
  • Dimensions: 30,00 cm x 21,00 cm x 2,00 cm
  • Production: Studio Raphael Hefti
  • CHF 2400.00
  • Sold
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The new works by Raphael Hefti consist of 21 unique pieces in two different series. The works "The Speech Of The Bleach" are DIN A4 sized metal plates with two circular cut-outs, which serve as a hanging device. The colour patterns and colour overlays created by complex interventions decorate 18 aluminium and three titanium plates.

Raphael Hefti is well known for his extensive scientific research into material properties, manufacturing processes, form finding, light and colour. Industrial processes have again been set in motion for the present work. Each plate has gone through the processes of acid, anodizing, dye bath and etching. The unique colour representations turn out completely different depending on gradient and colouring. Front and back, which look different, are of equal value, thus giving the works a sculptural character.

The title "The Speech Of The Bleach" shows that Hefti uses the traditional word for bleaching to transfer the processes we know from textiles to metals and embed them in his artistic production form. The exciting thing about these processes in relation to printmaking is the use of acid, dyeing and etching, which reveal a loose reference to various intaglio printing processes.

The partly monochrome-looking and partly colour-field-like coatings constitute Hefti's new series of works, according to which the paint here is not applied by hand to canvas or paper, but is industrially etched into the metal. Colour as a form-giving, natural and technical means of expression plays a constitutive role in Hefti's work - whether it be the play of coloured light in the glass roof of the Fondation Vincent van Gogh in Arles or the colourful linear network installations on asphalt in Basel and Zurich - the colourful luminosity of his works is the result of the interplay of artistic and scientific curiosity and technical and industrial expertise.

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