As children we are given pre-fabricated, socialized microcosms of the adult world to play with – toys referencing the Factory, the School, the Workshop, the Army or the Motherhood. Through these objects we are conditioned to access the world presented to us from the position of the Owner and User, since children hardly ever receive malleable simple material or plain set of blocks to invent new dynamic forms.
The objects in this Online Exhibition have been transformed in the hands of their makers, young and emerging London-based artists who in their art practice construct autonomous worlds and self-sufficient entities. The ambiguous and interchangeable relations between the objects and performers is channeled to facilitate a discussion of the sculptural language and contemporary art production.
Christmas trees and decorations, robots and antiquities mediate our everyday lives since everything that cannot be invested in human relationship is invested into objects. Toys, ornaments, tools with their functional status is explored in formal experiments; in humorous displays interpreting the world with a subtle allure and providing an outlet for all kinds of tensions.
The artists in this exhibition approach functional objects and processes in the way that challenges our conditionings as users of objects; they invent narratives re-asserting a creative potential in the mundane experience. In this respect, the objects are treated as a metaphorical set of blocks; in assembling and dismantling their function, meaning and through displays of spectacle, it is possible to penetrate their interiority as something to be shaped and to grow in one’s imagination.