- Michael Davis
- 29 February 2012
Group show of work by Barbara Kasten, Alan Michael, Daniel Sinsel and Ricky Swallow
Construct brings together four artists, Barbara Kasten, Alan Michael, Daniel Sinsel and Ricky Swallow, in a study of manipulation and alteration as the method for constructing new images.
Swallow’s quirky sculptures, which open the show, display bronze casts created from cardboard tubes, reconfigured into a pipe, a clock and two cups with a lever between them like a detonator. They stand opposite Michael’s photorealist painting, ‘Mood 3’, depicting a badge he previously made for a fanzine about a band called Felt. These works bring an unusual permanence and weight to disposable and uninspiring objects. Kasten’s photographs of her abstract installations bring us into the second room; these are like beautifully intricate and uncanny ‘stages,’ full of mirrors and mysteries. Sinsel’s work in the far corner is the most minimalist; the wall of wooden blocks he has assembled is as impassable intellectually as it is physically.
Construct casts the artists in the role of the alchemist, creating flashes of beauty from mundane lead, but always with a disappointingly self-referential slant.
Mary Mary, Glasgow, until Sat 24 Mar