Have we become obsessed with shoes? How often do we find ourselves paying attention to what people are wearing on their feet? We can now say that trainers have become a real status and sometimes their prices reach staggering figures. These figures are even more surprising if you think that often true fans and collectors don’t even wear the shoes they buy. In practice, the world is full of models that will never see the light of day and will remain forever locked in a box or, in the best cases, under a display case.
The multidisciplinary artist Izaak Brandt has analysed this issue with his series of sculptures entitled Deadstock.
The Bristol-born, London-based artist has reproduced some of the most famous and sought-after trainer models with the simple use of one of those 3D printing pens. Initially the project started with 6 models – Air Jordan 1, BAPESTA, adidas Superstar, Nike Air Force 1, Converse Chuck Taylor and Reebok Classic – but then Izaak Brandt continued to produce pair after pair of shoes that are impossible to wear.
Browsing through his Instagram profile, we can see that his “collection” now includes Crocs, Vibram FiveFingers and a pair of Yeezys.
“Deadstock explores archival sneaker culture in contemporary society. By reducing the functionality of sneakers like archives and collectors do, to a skeletal-like structure, the project examines our obsession with preservation and transformation of functionality to sculptural object.”