We are two British artists working mainly in sculpture.
Over the past four years or so we have developed
a collaborative practice
in the conception and realisation of our work that we find liberating and
interesting. It is an expression of our common interest in ambiguities in
the idea of authorship and expression - having both worked with found
objects and images that allow a degree of distance or role playing in the
making of the work we naturally came to a point where it made sense
to treat our ideas as possibilities to be shared or swapped. In making
our respective work we found that we were posing ourselves a similar
set of questions - can one express something by adopting second-hand
means, how do images ‘make sense’, does one make things for someone
else, what are the rules and does one follow rules in breaking them?
Increasingly we are focusing on a certain stupidity in the nature of
our relation to images and objects. We want to work on finding ways
to disturb the comfortable ‘transmitted idea - object/image - recieved
idea’ formula, to play with the way that an image can stand in for an
idea. This has led us to look at museum displays and other pedagogic
compositions as well as shop windows and adverts that seem to offer a
model of transparent direct communication - the image or object as an
ambiguous remainder in a process of communication. We are trying to
enhance the inadequacy that we see in all efforts to communicate, in
order to make the encounter with the work more disturbing.
We are also interested in the range of possibilites in the making of
something; the idea of ‘style’ and the relationship with materials.
Embracing the badly made, the overworked stating the obvious, slightly
incorrectly, through inadequate means in order to communicate abstract
and difficult concepts - conjuring up the sublime using modelling clay
and pasta. We follow an instinct to make the work when it makes
us laugh, not because we want to make work that is simply funny or
ironic, but because our we treat our laughter as a clue that something