In Freeze, Cocksedge exploits freezing temperatures to create a seamless bond between metals that otherwise do not adhere in nature. The breakthrough in the series - a table of copper and aluminum - was made by first burying four copper legs in snow, leaving them to contract by 100th of a millimeter; second, excavating the legs and inserting them into holes cut into an aluminum slab where they were allowed to un-freeze back to ambient temperature thereby firmly locking into place in a strong, invisible join.
Further calibrating temperatures and tolerances of various shapes, forms, and metals, Cocksedge went on to create an entire body of exquisitely precise, balanced, and seemingly impossible works; each incorporating a stunning range of metals that appear to float together, magically.
'What fascinates me here is that everything constantly expands and contracts, but imperceptibly. Everything from earth and water, to our own bodies and skins, even the universe itself. The pieces that make up Freeze are certainly large, heavy and solid, but that makes it all the more extraordinary that they are simply held up by an invisible join, ‘frozen together’ by forces we can’t even perceive'.
– Paul Cocksedge, on his Freeze series
Commissioned by Friedman Benda Gallery
Photography: Mark Cocksedge