Bass Play Workmate (2015)
Combining inspirations from the one-off and complex creation of French potter Bernard Palissy’s 16th century oval platter with today’s multi-produced, flat-packed, consumerist furniture, Owen merges the various meanings of what the word ‘consumerist’ conjures through time and context, decoration and functionality. Owen’s Bass Play Workmate features three ceramic objects - their overtly flamboyant quality used by the artist to convey visual seduction, a nod to Palissy’s purely decorative creations. Simultaneously, they also function as objects for everyday use. These ceramics are positioned on the surfaces of an ergonomic frame, its shape referencing the furniture of the Ikea generation. From the decorative to the practical, Bass Play Workmate is a piece that sits between the ornamental and the functional; the surreal and the everyday.
British artist Laurence Owen (b. 1984, Stroud, UK) recently graduated the Royal Academy School, having previously studied at Falmouth School of Art. He has exhibited in London, New York, Los Angeles and Mexico and his work can be found in numerous public and private collections. Selected solo exhibitions: Version, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey (2014); The Elemental Dynamic, Art Exchange, Colchester (2012); Wish You Were Here, 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London (2011); The Gold Book, 20 Hoxton Square Projects Projects, London (2009). Selected Group; Laurence Owen & Vivien Zhang, Rook And Raven, London (2014); At Home Salon, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Surrey (2014); MECCA Art Fair, Postbox Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico; Iconoclasts, Lloyds club, London (2011); 5 Artists, Phillips de Pury, London (2008); 20 Artists, 20 Hoxton Square, London (2007); In The Darkest Hour There May Be Light, Damien Hirst’s Murdeme Collection, The Serpentine Gallery, London (2006-7).
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Full scale including frame: 185 x 160 x 50 cm
Oak wood, steel, glazed ceramic, willow.
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