About the Variation Series

About the Variation Series

(2014 - ongoing)

The Variation series is a slowly growing series of works following the pace of the Construction series.

Each time a Construction is produced, there are a number of leftover blocks. These extras are decided by the laws of production, the movements of the blade and the size of a slab of stone. They present a challenge to find a sculptural identity for exactly this random set of stones.

The name of the series is derived from the first Variation, when Conrad built 41 different variations with the 41 available stones, before settling on the final sculpture. The roman number always corresponds to the Construction it is derived from.

Variation I

Variation I

37 white sandstone building blocks
Black paper and white ink

26 x 16 x 16,5 cm (sculpture)
29,7 x 42 cm (drawing)

(2014)

The blocks have been cut and sanded into 8 different basic shapes, based on children's wooden toy blocks. They are not affixed in any way, but placed on top of each other in a specific building order, based on the artist's instructions, which are included.

Any owner of the work is invited to make their own constructions with the blocks.

Variation II

Variation II

17 Belgian fossil building blocks
Black paper and white ink

36 x 20 x 20 cm (sculpture)
29,7 x 42 cm (drawing)

(2015)

The blocks have been cut and sanded into 6 different basic shapes, based on children's wooden toy blocks. They are not affixed in any way, but placed on top of each other in a specific building order, based on the artist's instructions, which are included.

Any owner of the work is invited to make their own constructions with the blocks.

Variation III

Variation III

41 silver Italian travertine building blocks
Paper and pencil
Stained poplar plinth

60 x 27 x 39 cm (sculpture)
29,7 x 42 cm (drawing)

(2017)

The blocks have been cut and sanded into 10 different basic shapes, based on children's wooden toy blocks. They are not affixed in any way, but placed on top of each other in a specific building order, based on the artist's instructions, which are included.

Any owner of the work is invited to make their own constructions with the blocks.

Variation IV

Variation IV

69 beige Borr├Ęze sandstone building blocks
Black paper and white ink

155 x 70 x 50 cm (sculpture)
29,7 x 42 cm (drawing)

(2018)

The blocks have been cut and sanded into 9 different basic shapes, based on children's wooden toy blocks. They are not affixed in any way, but placed on top of each other in a specific building order, based on the artist's instructions, which are included.

Any owner of the work is invited to make their own constructions with the blocks.