Tuesday, 3 March 2015

COCO CRAMPTON - CONTROLLED CHAOS

         

According to the poster the exhibition, titled; "Handles on Romance & Other Girls also Common Tongue" is; "a tripartite exhibition exploring themes including feminism, socialism, craft, functional design and the fine arts through displays of ceramics, appropriated imagery, and new re-imagined objects atop and around steel frameworks." If that little description wasn't enough to wet your appetite Gertrude Stein, bookcases and jeans are all key influences. 

Each of Crampton's works establishes a scenario for a dialogue which references the presence of another. Often formed around the presence of touch forms are borrowed and scaled to form bodily relationships which construct social spaces for communal activities and conversations. 

Traditional crafts are fused with borrowed or hi-jacked elements from design such as the iconic Penguin Donkey Bookcase (click here). This process is a fusion allowing room for uniform aspects to be built around an iconography which forms associative qualities. These designed environments or temporary manufactured environments create a meaning in a shared vocabulary amongst generic modular forms which allow for propositions to arise. 

        
        







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