Thursday, 26 May 2011

New Model Kit Sculpture Design

I’m currently working on some designs for a new series of wall-mounted low relief sculptures. Like my And When I’m a Man piece (which was made from 12 casts of my own body), these new works will be based upon the pre-assembled Airfix-style model kits that many of us used to make when we were kids – except that these new ones will be much smaller than my original life-sized one. For this project I will be working in collaboration with the on-line arts magazine, FAD and the California-base industrial designer, Noel Wilson.

And like my second model kit based sculpture, Baby Kit, which subverted the whole point of the model kit (as in that the sum of all its parts didn’t actually make a whole), the new series aims to do this a little more subtly by substituting just one element with something from an unrelated figure. In the case of this working drawing the right leg has been replaced with that Daffy Duck. In another design I have substituted the left arm with that of an octopus tentacle. That design, along with one based upon Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing can be seen on my other blog.

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