Robert Orchardson works primarily in sculpture, using materials such as wood, resin and aluminum. His installations reference numerous sources that attempt to give form to something inherently intangible; from futuristic design to science fiction films or otherworldly stage sets. Orchardson has made a number of prints and this work also evidences his ongoing interest in twentieth century architecture and its utopian ideals: the 2012 print ‘Glass Chain’ depicts a crystal in the sharp, geometrical lines and bold colours common to early Modernist movements and collectives. The title refers to the work of a German collective that in the 1920s proposed utopian architecture based on crystalline forms, forms which for architect Bruno Taut ‘represented values of truth, transparency and transcendence.’
In February 2013, Orchardson visited the Indian city of Chandigarh, designed and planned by Le Corbusier. With support from the Le Corbusier Centre in Chandigarh, Orchardson was able to visit key examples of the architect’s work in a city that has been described as ‘one of the most remarkable urban projects and a key milestone in the history of Modern architecture and urban planning’. Developed directly from his research in India, the artist’s new work in print was produced in 2014 with DCA Print Studio.
Robert Orchardson (born Glasgow, 1976) lives and works in London. He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, and at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has exhibited widely with recent exhibitions in Brussels, Birmingham, London, Dundee, Glasgow and Vancouver.