IN THE GRIP
In the form of an object such as a chair the human body is inherently implicit even when the body is absent.
Black lacquered wooden forms detailed with hand-held shapes are slung together with natural rubber webbing.
Within the furniture restoration trade this type of rubber webbing is traditionally supplied in thin strips and is associated with the sprung underside of a chair. James McLardy worked with the manufacturers Dellner and Woodville to produce rubber webbing in the large sheets required to make this work.
By combining rubber with smoothly connected planes ‘In the Grip’ materially produces naked gestures; soliciting human complicity through the thought of a cupped hand or weight of a body.
Materials: Lacquer, wood, rubber webbing
Photography by Ruth Clark