What do you get when you combine industrial design, engineering and graffiti? Dutch artist Delta, aka Boris Tellegen, has been experimenting on the intersection of design and graphic construction for over two decades. His latest work, on show now in London, is a mixture of sketches and built media, quasi-constructivist creations that sometimes look more like the blueprints for an alien space shuttle than anything befitting a gallery.
Tellegen’s academic background is in engineering and industrial design, and it shows. The ostensible chaos of his work belies an inherent technical precision and beauty. It’s as though the fundamental building blocks of typical composition have been rearranged; if not alien, then perhaps art in another language.
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Harriet Lloyd-Smith is the Arts Editor of Wallpaper*, responsible for the art pages across digital and print, including profiles, exhibition reviews, and contemporary art collaborations. She started at Wallpaper* in 2017 and has written for leading contemporary art publications, auction houses and arts charities, and lectured on review writing and art journalism. When she’s not writing about art, she’s making her own.
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