Gyre

“…objects are important not because they are evident and physically constrain or enable but often precisely because we do not ‘see’ them. The less we are aware of them the more powerfully they can determine our expectations by setting the scene and insuring normative behaviour, without being open to challenge.” 
Materiality, Daniel Miller, Duke University Press, 2005

GYRE is a sculpture constructed from found marine plastic (PET plastic balloons) recovered over a period of 8 years from a wild, open ocean beach on Block Island, Rhode Island in the USA . In that time I have collected hundreds of these objects discovered wrapped around boulders, accumulated in masses on the beach, like seaweed.  Tied to our rituals of celebration and commemoration, these objects become malignant when discarded; the dead junk of a consumer society.

GYRE is about our emotional connection to ritual objects; the accumulation, accretion and turbulence of memory in personal terms and the reification of our human selves within these objects.  The less we are aware of them, the more powerfully they determine expectations; setting the scene for our complacency.

The drawings: Using a process of automatic drawing pioneered by Robert Rauschenberg, lighter fluid  and a ballpoint pen transfer images and text from the balloons to create postcards to our collective amnesia.

Fomo (Fear of Missing Out), 2018, transferred balloon image on gessoed board
YOLO (You only live once), thinking of war, 2018, transferred balloon image on gessoed board
YOLO (You only live once), thinking of war DETAIL, 2018, transferred balloon image on gessoed board

YOLO (You only live once), thinking of war DETAIL, 2018, transferred balloon image on gessoed board

YOLO (You only live once), thinking of war DETAIL, 2018, transferred balloon image on gessoed board

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