John Beech

    Exhibition: Escape Velocity

    Contradicted Platform, 1998

    Wood, rubber, casters

    1' x 16' x 16'

    This sculpture borrows the vocabulary of large scale utilitarian tools, most notably the dumpster or industrial dolly. It appears at first glance to offer some useful function, but when studied, the wheels are set on opposite axis, deeming the piece immobile. Its status as a vehicle remains only in concept- as a vehicle for ideas. Ironically, the piece does provide a service as surrogate furniture, attracting visitors to sit upon, climb or generally clamber over it. The use of stencils (including the artist's telephone number) is a deliberate mimicry of advvertising methods seen regularly on dumpsters, themselves a frequent sight scattered throughout our environment.
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