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Summer Solstice 2008

Summer Solstice 2008

Wingding

‘Wingding’

Edition of 100.
Flecked stoneware, high alumina mat glaze, medium density fibreboard, threaded rod, wing-nut.
Dimensions: 207 x 360 x 100mm

Coco Crampton has produced a sculpture edition that contrasts both extremes of materials and methods of manufacture. A hand-thrown clay base acts as support and surrogate flowerpot to a spreading mdf form that is suggestive of leaves or fronds. The high level of craftsmanship and labour-intensivity that are necessary for the production of the clay base are at odds with the mass-produced mdf that sits atop.

The resultant forms of the two elements belie their origins (wet, fluid clay results in a refined and solid base, whilst rigid and fibrous mdf has been transformed into an effortlessly rhythmic span), yet they sit together in synthesis. The wing nut hidden beneath the base that connects the dichotomy reflects the wing-like mdf form.

The mdf form reflects the interests of artists such as Jean Arp, Barbara Hepworth and Constantin Brancusi in the modern and plastic representation of natural forms through man-made materials. This interest has been employed by Alessi’s stable of designers to produce ornamental and simplistic renderings of familiar forms through plastic and metal resulting in a series of playful utilitarian objects. Crampton’s interpretation combines and adapts aspects of all these influences to produce her individual physical commentary.

The title of the piece could refer to the image-based font, the shape of the mdf (wing-like) combined with the sound the base makes when tapped on the bottom edge like a bell (ding) or the resultant wild celebration that commemorates the launch of Kaavous-Bhoyroo Quarterly Editions. This conundrum suggested by the title adds an element of intrigue or additional ‘flavour’ to the work.

Price £100
Free delivery within Norwich or Cambridge
£15 postage and packing elsewhere in the United Kingdom

SPECIAL OFFER
Buy this product with Robert Filby’s Quarterly Edition for £175
Free delivery within Norwich or Cambridge
£25 postage and packing elsewhere in the United Kingdom

To order please send a cheque payable to “Kaavous-Bhoyroo” with delivery address to:
Kaavous-Bhoyroo
c/o 3 Grosvenor Terrace
Leeds
LS6 2DY

Coco studied at Norwich School of Art and Design and lives and works in Yorkshire. She had a solo show at OUTPOST in 2007 www.norwichoutpost.org

Summer Solstice 2008

Summer Solstice 2008

'SOUVENIR WORK & CO. PET CARRIER CELEBRATING THE DISSOCIATED EVENT, SOLSTICE 2008'

Edition of 100.
Corrugated cardboard carton, photocopy.
740 x 705mm

Carton manufactured by Remploy, helping disabled people into employment.

Robert Filby’s edition employs a forced economy to try and connect the disparity of his previous work with Kaavous-Bhoyroo Quarterly Editions’ coincidence with either solstices or equinoxes. Produced according to the industry-made conventions of multiple editions, its format tries to allow for the trade that is part of the multiple's condition - from the point of sale (it is it's own packaging) to its eventual place at home (it is it's own packaging).
 
By purporting to celebrate a dissociated event the product cynically positions itself in relation to limited edition promotions, taking some instruction from event sponsorship. The flat-pack cardboard form, having object status without the inconvenience, has a series of “air-holes” which are in unique configurations dependant upon how complete the factory's perforation, combined with one additional hole hand-cut by the artist. Bar the claim of the title, there is little evidence that the solstice has any connection, unless one were to decide that these air-holes referenced the tracking of the sun.

As if according to some post-millennial re-interest in the Spiritual, but contrary to the undomesticated, marginal event that might typically celebrate a solstice, the work could be read as an unsuited product endorsement. Close to this idea is the deployment of domesticated animals, which have featured before as part of Filby’s on-going photographic project ‘Work & Co.’ that documents his sculpture in the company of cats. An information sheet detailing the history of this project is positioned within, affording a framed view of a new photograph depicting a cat’s demonstration of the box’s ordinary use. Product-like and further away from the theatre in the 'Work & Co.' series proper, this is more mute, distinctly a souvenir. Like an instrumental version of an LP, or an alcohol free beer, it copies the pattern of those photographs, but so too nearly voids them. The carton’s design indifferently combines the specifications of two generic pet carriers reflecting the cat’s own indifference towards the work within 'Work & Co.'.

The first 50 photocopies are on yellow paper and the second 50 are on blue.

The information on the front reads:
SOUVENIR WORK & CO. PET CARRIER CELEBRATING THE DISSOCIATED EVENT, SOLSTICE 2008 / Multiple Artwork for Kaavous-Bhoyroo Quarterly Editions / Carton manufactured by REMPLOY to a design specification where the development marries the venting pattern and inside dimensions of one, with the lid and base folding systems of another standard pet carrier on the UK market / THE SIXTIETH MINUTE OF THE TWENTY-FOURTH HOUR OF THE TWENTIETH DAY OF THE SIXTH MONTH OF THE EIGHTH YEAR OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM OF THE COMMON ERA

Free PDF  Free PDF / Internet Only:
PHOTO-GRAPHIC RE-PRESENTATION ILLUSTRATING 2 SIDES OF PRINTED MATERIAL BELONGING TO 'SOUVENIR WORK & CO. PET CARRIER CELEBRATING THE DISSOCIATED EVENT, SOLSTICE 2008'

Price £100
Free delivery within Norwich or Cambridge
£15 postage and packing elsewhere in the United Kingdom

SPECIAL OFFER
Buy this product with Coco Crampton’s Quarterly Edition for £175
Free delivery within Norwich or Cambridge
£25 postage and packing elsewhere in the United Kingdom

To order please send a cheque payable to “Kaavous-Bhoyroo” with delivery address to:
Kaavous-Bhoyroo
c/o 3 Grosvenor Terrace
Leeds
LS6 2DY

Robert Filby lives and works in Norwich. He has forthcoming shows at Center, Berlin and Les Complices, Zurich. Past shows have included VTO, Norwich Gallery, S1 Artspace, Rockwell, OUTPOST and slimvolume poster publication.

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