Sunday, November 20, 2016

MONITOR disrupted humans

Casting is now complete on this piece "Monitor" which was begun several months ago. Each slab is cast in a mould made from waste polystyrene packaging. In this way, the negative space within the packaging, once occupied by consumer goods had come to describe a human form. You are what you eat, or in this case, consume. Which sounds like i'm being negative but only in part. I see this as an ambivalent work. 
Many of those things we buy are labour saving devices. They make life easier, help us communicate more effectively; more broadly, enhance our enjoyment and facilitate both our work and our leisure. As the increasing pace of development further increases our reliance on gadgets, to the point where they become seamlessly integrated into our lives and inevitably, our bodies, how we manage that consumption will most certainly be problematic. Potentially liberating while also quite possibly signaling our end as human.

The head itself is not free standing so I have designed a steel plinth to support it. Like the sculpture, the plinth is modular in design and bolts together like oversize Mechano. I have an opportunity to display some work in the foyer of an inner city government building toward the end of the year so I'm pushing forward my plans to finish this work so I can give it it's first outing in a very public place.

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