RUIN was a project exploring ‘planned obsolescence’, which industrial designer Brooks Stevens defined as “instilling in the buyer the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary”. My investigation concentrates on how technology is used in domestic settings, and how easily tempted we are to abandon it for something more apparently desirable.
In a solo show at Off the Kerb Gallery I produced a wall and floor-based constellations of cast objects that resemble outmoded technology from the 1980’s and 1990’s. These works are cast from moulds of manufactured surfaces (some are conjoined), making reference to materials important to manufacturing production and trade. The mediums range from porcelain to polyurethane and gypsum-based plaster and are presented unadorned.
The conjoined composition of these works, presented stacks and arrangements, explores repetition and volume but also a metamorphism of objects we discard. Is what stimulates contemporary consumerism reflective of our mortality?