Saturday, April 26

Spaghetti benches

Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents Pablo Reinoso
Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents Pablo Reinoso
words James Richards

Visitors to the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in west London may never sit comfortably in a public place again. Pablo Reinoso’s new exhibition features three ordinary park benches – but with a twist. “I call these my spaghetti benches,” says Reinoso. The benches’ wooden slats appear to be still growing, snaking out beyond one end. On one piece, the slats climb up a nearby wall in a mass of wooden tendrils. In another, the slats intertwine and overlap before forming another bench.

“I love working with the material. But it’s a slow process,” says Reinoso. “You can’t use a single piece of wood because the grain wouldn’t support the curves I need. Bending the wood is only realistic when you have lots of pieces the same shape. Here, I had to carve individual pieces then glue them and just keep repeating.”

Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents Pablo Reinoso

“An ordinary park bench takes about two days to make – for one person, the spaghetti bench takes two months,” he adds. “But if I had the time, I could have gone on for a kilometre.”

The first floor of the gallery will also feature Reinoso’s “breathing sculptures” – a wall of fabric cushions controlled by miniature fans. They inflate and deflate at a rate designed to mirror a person’s breathing pattern.

Visitors will also get a glimpse of Reinoso’s future projects, including models of a concrete staircase to the treetops, and four spaghetti benches intertwining to form a covered pagoda.

The show runs from 30 April – 17 May
images Courtesy of the Carpenters Workshop Gallery

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