This particular installation for the Biscuit Factory is a response to the industrial surroundings of the exhibition space and a culmination of the past few months research into my previous projects. It consists of a large cardboard box, presented on a wooden pallet, containing seemingly random articles. Each piece inside the box represents different elements of other artists’ work, drawn from my research into site-specific installations in the Tate Modern and including some references to my own previous work.
I hope that the work offers a simple reflection of the eternal questioning of the role of art in society and also offers a gentle nudge in the back of our current governments attitude towards the funding of arts education. The process of creating art is broken down into its bare ingredients and presented without the creative input from the artist, yet because of it’s association with an exhibition, it’s function is still fulfilled by the collective experience of the viewer.
The work is supplemented by an external, albeit misleading and nonsensical, instruction manual for the construction of the elements inside the box. This relies on a shared cultural experience of modern, flat-pack homeware outlets. These well known stores supply basic, shrink-wrapped furniture skeletons and reduce the craftsmanship of furniture makers into simplified two dimensional illustrations, devoid of sentiment, authenticity and heritage; a fate which may well befall the the future of modern art, if we allow it.