GORDON FLEMONS

The Way We Live Now (2005)

In a strange parallel existence my sculptures often appear to be engaged in a Darwinian struggle for survival, infesting and colonising the space around them. Here the 'Heath Robinson' like contraption is plugged into the electrical grid connecting it to a network of tendrils reaching far beyond the gallery. Just as with Frankenstein's monster, the electricity galvanises the work into existence, but this existence is fragile. The contraption clings to life, threatening to fail at any moment emphasising the vulnerability and impermanence of much in today’s society and linking the work to the vanitas tradition.

Slideshow of Heath Robinson contraption.

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