Sunday, June 22, 2008
Chris Gilmour - Cardboard and Glue
British artist, Chris Gilmour, pays careful attention to and understands how things work. He values the art of making and strongly emphasizes it in his amazing, life-sized cardboard creations that are as complicated as their materials are simple. To create them, he uses only cardboard and glue..
These sculptures are accurate down to the very last detail. Note the bicycle chains and the spokes in the wheels. All cardboard and glue...nothing else.
“Gilmour has imposed a strict logic on his works. He makes objects using only cardboard and glue. There is no supporting structure, no wooden or metal frame. His interpretations of everyday objects are created in adherence to the use of a pure and single material but instead of the marble or bronze of classical statues, he has chosen one of the most humble and commonly found of our industrial times.”
Translation: Simonetta Caporale
By its very nature, the type of cardboard used for packaging is intended to contain and then be discarded. Gilmour uses it to contain the works own identity and to highlight the displacement between the original object and the one made in cardboard.
This displacement is marked by difference” his sculptures ,and apart from the use of such a vulnerable material, conform to all the accepted precepts of sculpture. They are not mere copies, but rather translations from life.
This translation brings with it a process of knowledge – the knowledge of the small things within which the sense of daily existence is hidden.
Gilmour compares his sculptures to drawing, a way of seeing objects by observing and measuring them.
There is a process of deconstruction, making, in an almost instantaneous and immediate construction, as if Gilmour was using a pencil on a piece of paper.
He will, at times, leave things in an unfinished stage that calls to mind models or drafts. He chooses objects to evoke a feeling of familiarity in the viewer. He embodies them with a conceptual power and feels that they offer a blank canvas upon which the viewer can project his or her own experiences with the actual objects . The ordinary nature of the actions associated with these objects (such as opening a car door) provides a striking contrast with the actual complicated nature of their construction.
Photo credit: Marco diPalma
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