Conrad Hicks

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24.05.2019 - 17.07.2019
Cape Town
'Implement' is the culmination of an intuitive quest for beauty that the artist traces back to the origins of humankind.

Conrad Hicks’ solo exhibition, Implement, is the culmination of an intuitive quest for beauty that the artist traces back to the origins of humankind. The new collection of hand-forged metal furniture and sculpture ripples with a primal energy, captured in the hammered marks and biomorphic forms that define the Cape Town blacksmith’s oeuvre.  

Conrad’s work is extremely labour-intensive, necessitating a physicality through which he channels his subconscious. He often doesn’t know what his forms will be until he starts working with the material and using his hands. In the process of cutting, pressing, heating, hammering and stretching metal, he discovers an archetypal language that calls to mind ancient art forms. Through this he draws a correlation between his process and what drove the earliest tool-makers throughout history: “It is the pursuit of beauty, not technology, that has driven our evolution as humans. That beauty that we pursue is actually an engineering choice, intuitively made.” 

Conrad’s sculptural practice has developed in parallel with his work as a maker of utilitarian implements such as knives, pans and blacksmithing tools, and some of these implements form part of the exhibition, recreating aspects of the artist’s studio inside the gallery.

Conrad Hicks
Artefact Chair

Wrought iron (approx. 150 years old), copper
105 x 73 x 94 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Artefact Chair

Wrought iron (approx. 150 years old), copper
105 x 73 x 94 cm
Unique

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Component I

Copper, stainless steel, timber
40 x 40 x 188 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Component I

Copper, stainless steel, timber
40 x 40 x 188 cm
Unique

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Conrad Hicks
Component II

Copper, stainless steel, timber
40 x 40 x 167 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Component II

Copper, stainless steel, timber
40 x 40 x 167 cm
Unique

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Conrad Hicks
Firebird Chaise

Copper, high-carbon steel
237 x 81 x 83 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Firebird Chaise

Copper, high-carbon steel
237 x 81 x 83 cm
Unique

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Conrad Hicks
Serge Server

Copper, stainless steel
290 x 85 x 106 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Serge Server

Copper, stainless steel
290 x 85 x 106 cm
Unique

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Toolmaker’s Server

Cast iron, copper, brass, high-carbon steel
170 x 55 x 97/135 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Toolmaker’s Server

Cast iron, copper, brass, high-carbon steel
170 x 55 x 97/135 cm
Unique

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Conrad Hicks
Wife? Bench

Forged iron, copper
222 x 57 x 51 cm
One-off

Conrad Hicks
Wife? Bench

Forged iron, copper
222 x 57 x 51 cm
One-off

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Conrad Hicks
Disc I

Copper
45 x 20 x 45 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Disc I

Copper
45 x 20 x 45 cm
Unique

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Conrad Hicks
Disc II

Copper
45 x 20 x 45 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Disc II

Copper
45 x 20 x 45 cm
Unique

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Conrad Hicks
Disc III

Copper
45 x 20 x 45 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Disc III

Copper
45 x 20 x 45 cm
Unique

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Conrad Hicks
Landscape Pair I

Copper
217 x 5 x 54 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Landscape Pair I

Copper
217 x 5 x 54 cm
Unique

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Landscape Pair II

Copper
228 x 5 x 55 cm
Unique

Conrad Hicks
Landscape Pair II

Copper
228 x 5 x 55 cm
Unique

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