We have chosen 3 pieces that we feel happy with, and think we will build our final show around them. All three pieces are the result of a long process of distillation from the idea of sourcing materials or objects that might otherwise be discarded or overlooked. Whether this means they were found in the college skip, or they are common industrial materials that are never valued by their aesthetic or sculptural properties, the works are all from the same palette. While there may be other works in the final show, these three we feel are the strongest items to build the rest of the show around.
The plasterboard stack is a piece that came to us on a visit to a builders merchant in search of interesting materials. We saw stacks of these boards piled up in the warehouse and were immediately drawn in by their pastel shades, so we ordered one of each. We then played around with various arrangements of the boards – originally spreading them out along the wall, but found this drew too many parallels to painting. By arranging them in a stack we found a balance between form, colour, and composition that seemed to strike the right chord. The gesture of leaning seems to join the floor and wall together, and allows the piece to occupy a physical space while maintaining an authoritative vertical presence.
The metal stack happened in a similar way, but the pieces were all sourced from the skip and the corridors around the college. Having played around with them for a few weeks, we had them neatly stacked in a considered way, and found their relationships to one another drew attention to their particular individual designs. Again the gesture of leaning seems to fit the pieces – the simplicity both grounds the pieces as found, and once functional objects and highlights their various physical and aesthetic details. We decided to place the piece across a corner of the room to relieve it of some of the formal rigidity it had when leaning against a single plane.
The floor piece is a roller-shutter door from a filing cabinet again found in the skip at college. It is an absurd object, as the slats slide around very easily and is very difficult to move. It is fairly ambiguous which I think is a good thing, and the way we have arranged it means it is no longer functional, despite remaining fully intact. I feel there is an element of humour to the piece, although it maintains a level of austere self-importance in the way it is splayed out on the floor.