Dysfunctional Objects Become Works of Art
Whenever we see manufactured items with defects and deformities, we often render them useless or ready for the scrap heap. On the other hand, we can view those objects in a different light the way artist Jeremy Hutchison did in his special exhibit aptly titled, “Erratum.”
According to the gallery’s site, Erratum features dysfunctional objects that have been purposely made with defects or errors, hence the title. Hutchison explains that these items, often seen as luxuries to make everyday living possible, are not what define true luxury in life. According to the artist, luxury is “a feeling: beyond sense, beyond logic, beyond utility.” So it is possible that even if the normal function of these items is erased, they can still offer a luxury through appreciation as an art form.
Hutchison contacted several factories from across the globe, and commissioned them to transform their usual products into dysfunctional luxuries. Examples of which is a double headed tennis racket, a child’s toy that won’t seem to fit, a twisted golf club, a high heeled shoe with two heels, and tons more. Normal household tools like a saw, a shovel, and a ladder are given a quirky makeover, such as misplaced blades, an upside down head, or lopsided legs — giving the viewer something new and fun to wonder about.
Erratum will be showcased from December 5 to 21, 2012 at the Paradise Row Gallery in London. Art connoisseurs can have the option of purchasing the limited edition items, of which only a few of each kind have been created. Paradise Row, co-producer of Erratum, has been known in the London art scene for their contemporary exhibits featuring modern artists, photographers, and the like.
Via: Paradise Row