I went up to visit a friend in London the other day, and took this opportunity to pop into the Saatchi Art gallery. Having never been there before I was pleasantly surprised and found a couple of artists that are quite fitting for my outside inside brief.
Lisa Milroy – Hardware, 1991
This piece really stood out to me in the gallery, the vast number of individual pieces of ‘hardware’ – of handles, and door knobs and keyholes etc. create a particularly striking image, the painting offers a realistic representation, an almost three dimensional depiction of these pieces. What I find most interesting about the work is the impact that the repetition of the pieces, and their separation from any function offers a new way of engaging with the objects themselves. I found this piece and intend to look further into her work.
Bill Woodrow – Hoover Breakdown, 1979
This piece appealed to me because of the use of disassemblage, this process allows insight into everyday objects – shedding light on the multiple elements held within one object. It offers a new view on that which is overlooked and perhaps undervalued. It also prompts us to consider that which is broken down has its function taken from it. It is only when an object is taken apart can we really appreciate its complexity, yet this same process removes its use and causes it to become nothing but a set of parts.
Vladimir Kozin – Lock, 2013
Leonid Sokov – Absurd Lock, 1977 – 2006
This idea of locks interests me – they are symbolic of security and privacy, they provide the option of control to those who claim ownership over the space or thing that the lock protects. These pieces allow us to consider the real value of such commonplace objects, the function that they provide and the meaning that they hold. The second piece ‘Absurd Lock’ is particularly interesting, it takes the common lock and distorts it in such a way as to deny it of its sole purpose. This prompts us to analyse the mechanism, how it works – and in this case why it can not work. I look at this and feel an element of frustration, read at face value this object offers protection, a barrier and a level of security, but on further inspection we come to realise that none of these functions are possible – it violates the perception of security that we initially understood it to provide.
I link these ideas back to the use of the zip and clasps on the handbags of dementia patients, and the impression of security and privacy that they provide to their owners.