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Behind-The-Pieces: The Serra Collection

The Serra pieces were named after Richard Serra, a minimalist sculptor, known for working with large-scale assemblies of sheet metal - bending it and folding it to create awe-inspiring sculptures that have been displayed around the world.

He was a part of the Process Art Movement; an artistic movement, born in the 1960s, in which art is not the main focus; it is not about the final product, but about its formation; the gathering, the sorting, the process. Change and transience are marked themes in the movement.


READ MORE on the Process Art Movement from the experts at Artspace

Richard Serra Installation at the Guggenheim Bilbao

In a way, this process was used in the making of fall winter 17; Jenny would fold and bend, and re-fold and re-bend brass at her jewelry bench in Toronto until it was just right.
The entire collection is folded by hand, so you’ll notice that not two pieces are exactly the same; there are those subtle differences that make every piece unique.


A few fun facts about Richard Serra
To put himself through fine art at Yale, he worked in steel mills, which spawned his obsession with working with steel throughout his career.

In 1981, he installed a 124ft wall of curved steel in New York plaza, but was asked to demolish it after complaints.

Want to learn more about Serra? There's a great documentary about him called Thinking On Your Feet.


Richard Serra Installation at the Guggenheim Bilbao