Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Looney Occasional Lamp

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‘The Looney Occasional Lamp’ 56x41cm with 2 meter cord £70

‘The Looney Occasional Lamp’

6 soft toys were de – limbed and decapitated, then reassembled with 1 body part from the other 5 stitched onto each of the torsos. Holding hands and touching toes, the chimeras encircle the light shade like a fireside gathering. The column, base and cord of the lamp are braided in a viscerally provocative red continued over the hybrids bound as if sacrificed to the flame.

Papua New Guinea Pig Hut

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‘Papua New Guinea Pig Hut’ 2016 52x52x49cm £200

Packard Bell Computer shell threaded and braided with a mishmash of ribbon like scraps (this has been on the go for years). Hundreds of ring pulls tied in to link each strand surrounding a glazed ceramic mask. Day-Glo mattress and entry at the rear for a great Cavy chillaxation zone.

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Detail of Papua New Guinea Pig Hut

QR Quilt

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‘QR Quilt’ 115x116cm £170

Up-cycled via pop art formalism, this blanket bricollage celebrates via obfuscation, the decorative and designed in the wrapping that becomes totally disposable as soon as any content no longer remains. This framing of views onto the packaging, like a view through a trellis out to a landscape, cleanse jaded perception of branding and supermarket aesthetics of the QR code.

Snowdogs by the Sea

From a trio of proposals for Snowdogs by the Sea, large statues of the Snowdog famed as companion to the ‘walking in the air’ Snowman will decend on the City of Brighton later on this year.

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A bull in a china shop, old dog teaching new tricks, the negative space in red figure pottery is painting in of what is not there. This is much like the empty vessels themselves, defined by what they are not.
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Man’s best friend and like a dog with a bone are converged. The emojis salivating over a human skeleton are at odds with the loyalty of dogs.
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Guerrilla tactics employed to make for a cozier environment. The balls of wool hover over the city like Barrage balloons while the knitting needles pierce the sky threatening the fabric of the city and the fibre of civilisation.

 

Slides Spiralling

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‘Slides Spiralling’ 2016 52x5cm £220

Blanket stitched into a montage, the individual reversal film image has been buffered into quasi ‘negative sandwich’ sorcery as practiced  in pre digital handling of photography. Each transparency slide was coaxed into a curve by threading sprocket holes recalling the darkroom fumblings of’spooling’ the latent imagery awaiting release from its gelatinous  opacity. Originally used for art history lectures, now the slides have been attached in a non sequential format and presented on a bed of light for a cacophonous viewing. The physical mechanics of the lens based image in the time of wet processes is hankered for when our clouds contained within black boxes in some remote server in the north, harbour our pictures.

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Detail of ‘Slides Spiralling’