Martin Laforêt, Inside Out
At Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Laforet’s first collection ‘The Mould Objects’ was created with moulds that were used both in the casting process and also incorporated into the final piece. ‘The interplay between the inverse mould and positive form lends a poetry to the industrial construction materials I use, which includes concrete, aluminium, wooden shuttering, and steel rebars.’
The objects created by Laforet are inspired by precast concrete blocks. Precast concrete is a construction product made by casting concrete in a reusable mould or form which is then cured in a controlled environment and transported to the construction site.
As with these precast blocks, ‘The Mould Objects’ were shaped both by their function and moulding constrains. This technique relates the objects to the domain of industry and architecture. The origins of the concrete blocks seem ambiguous; it can be difficult to discern if these blocks have been either made for the objects or have been collected on a building site.