- reference to the discipline of painting
- the deliberate flimsiness and deskilling of art
- aesthetics of non-aesthetic materials
- pop culture allusions
- criticism of the "home improvement" fenomenon in media
- self containment of the pieces (an issue for me)
|Plastic Constructions; steel frame, vinyl film, polythene sheets, lighting gels, correx, light; unfolded dimensions 110 x 145 cm; Nov 10|
|Plastic Constructions; steel flat, chrome tube, plastic tube, acrylic rod, vinyl film, polythene sheets, lighting gels, duct tape; overall dimensions 160 x 100 x 30 cm; Nov 10|
I have also shown the trolley as a reference, the starting point for the constructed structures. It was perceived really well, although the fact that it 'just works' could be its weakness, the immediate attraction of the construction is incongrus.
|Plastic Constructions; extended painting; wooden hand trolley, tissue paper, polythene sheets, water soluble muslin; overall dimensions 130 x 50 x 50 cm; Oct 10|
The references that came up where Unmonumental as the practices featured elevate the un-heroic materials and structures. Artist names mentioned amond others were Jim Lambie, Isa Genzken, Miquel Mont and David Batchelor.
|Isa Genzken, Stelen, Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2000|
Brick Lane Remix, 2003
My relationship with painting is ambivalent. I use the term in its strict sense, which is that I am, I guess, motivated by entraption, a simultaneous attraction to it, and repulsion from it. I used to paint and I haven’t painted for a good fifteen years, more than that actually. And yet at the same time, pretty much everything I do in the studio is certainly informed by painting. Even if my work is mainly three dimensional and some would call it sculpture, but I don’t think I would. Painting still informs it more than anything else. And so probably you could describe all my work as failed painting.