The Dutch duo’s installation is the fourth of a series of works focused on intricate structures that penetrate architectural space. Their work is highly influenced by the minimal geometric forms that shape the industrial environment, such as the beams found in warehouses and cranes. The latter, in particular, is something they are particularly tied to, a functional means that is omnipresent in the urban landscape, but that is often either ignored or creates annoyance. For Graphic Surgery the mechanical crane is a symbol of the changing city, an instrument of the renewal or the destruction of a continuously evolving environment.
Their work for Outdoor focuses on the reconfiguration of the barracks’ environment, implanting a black trellis transversally across three rooms. Each piece is independent, yet at the same time an integral part of the overall structure. This wooden structure recalls the exposed beams in the building’s warehouses, from which the artists took inspiration. Just like a purely formed crystal nestled in a piece of stone, their installation transforms the rooms and creates new spatial perspectives.