Eric Troffkin is a Detroit-based sculptor working across a range of three-dimensional media, including fabricated steel, cast plastics, and cast metals. With a focus on the production of multiples and modules, he designs “component systems” of parts that are assembled onsite. His works are responsive to architecture and landscape, equally industrial and organic, and have been installed nationally from New England to Florida and west into Texas and Missouri.
I begin my artwork in the studio through the design and production of sets of interlocking modular parts and multiples. In the studio, my concern is for the physical functionality of my objects. Beyond the studio, my deeper goal is the discovery of unexpected possibility in assembly and combination—how will my objects combine and 'grow' when they are installed for exhibition? Through my objects and creative process, I draw a connection between wildness and our own creative/productive industriousness, asking, Do our activities follow natural patterns? Or themselves exhibit forms of wildness?
Communications Vine hybridizes a red and white communications tower and a vine-like plant. It is assembled on-site in response to each new landscape, different for each new exhibition.