preliminary objects

Many of these objects will be adopted out to good homes temporarily. If you are interested in living with one of these objects email me at contradictory@hotmail.co.uk or just leave a comment on the blog.

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~ by Matt on March 9, 2009.

3 Responses to “preliminary objects”

  1. As a complete body of work the ‘objects’ depict and evoke a variety of emotions but I am particularly drawn to the following two pieces.
    ‘Husband Stilts’ are wonderful. They seem to embody the sense/experience of ‘loss’, of ‘missing’ so completely and yet they fulfill a direct practical need which must feel good to the ‘wearer’.
    ‘Cuticle Protector’ seems to be so much about the pain that surrounds loss and grief and and there is a real sense of discomfort created by this piece.

  2. Thank you for you’re comments.
    Is there anything you would change about the objects?
    Would you be interested in adopting either of these objects for a while?

  3. The overall atmosphere of this exhibition strikes me as something very familiar 🙂

    I’ll tell you a story:

    I grew up surrounded by medical equipment and imagery. Scalpels, surgical clamps, skeletal implants, syringes – items with very powerful connotations, the contemporary symbols of life and death – were a common sight; domestic objects. I never ceased to be aware of their therapeutic role (nor their highly INVASIVE character) but, on the other hand, never had the associated emotional reaction.

    To me there is a far greater range of values that can admired it these ‘taboo’ objects. The quality of detail, the visual coldness of metal, the texture, light reflectance, the dynamism of the shape. They can be read as the symbols of ultimate craftsmanship – or simply be very interesting from a design or photographic point of view. This approach requires the viewer to see beyond the intended use of the object, but not necessarily exclude it.

    What Matt wrote about ‘the fear of moving knives knife” leads me to thinking that some of his work was born from similar ruminations.

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