Materials: Stained ebony veneer, gold leaf, wax and pigments
Dimensions: 170 x 150 x 105cm
SET THE HEAD WHERE THE FOOT SHOULD BE, OR THE FOOT WHERE THE HEAD
An arrangement of brightly coloured solid wax objects are stacked up in a pile like an up-scaled ‘Mr Potato Head’. The work titled ‘Set the head where the foot should be, or the foot where the head’ is made using the same pigmented wax which appeared in ‘Upright is Now’ but this work seems much more immediate, explicitly playful – more reminiscent of Philip Guston’s painterly forms than any high design. The sculpted/moulded forms and shapes draw parallels with the Deco style through curves and geometries. In reference to the title: there’s ridiculousness to the order of things here – There’s pleasure in the topsy turvy nature of this work, disrupting more formal readings and intentionally challenging the discipline of the work in other room.
Materials: Wax and coloured pigments
Dimensions: 130 x 60 x 90cm
UPRIGHT IS NOW
In a disused Athenian hotel a dark wood and glossy-plastic Deco-style form dominates a small room. Altar-like in its monumental scale ‘Upright is Now’ is made from Ebony veneer, plastic laminate, pigment and Wax. One side of the form presents a semi-circular alcove whilst the other side displays an inlaid sunrise motif. Which way round is the front? Is it a plinth, podium or a corporate reception desk? A thick ellipse of yellow wax has been thrust down against the top edge, as if frustrated by the clean edges and tight joins of a pointless design. The bright wax, half-torn, spills its colour down the inside of the curved alcove. Form does not follow function here; but through functions absence lays ritual.
Materials: Ebony veneer, plastic laminate and wax
Dimensions: 110 x 110 x 185cm
Petrosphere Exhibition, Hotel Galini, Athens & Glasgow International