RE-CON-TEXT /2004     Joao Ferreira Gallery     Ordinary objects have hidden lives that are not apparent when found in their natural and original environments. When these objects have reached their expiry date, their usage has come to an end, and they are destined for the junk or scrap metal yard, or a new or previously unnoticed meaning can be revealed by transforming them into objects d’art.    By altering the appearance and adding elements to objects, I challenge the institutionalized perceptions about them. I reveal new meaning by concealing the original meaning.    Through tracing and documenting the history relating to found objects, such as domestic furniture and general appliances, I attempt to draw analogies and parallels between the original use of objects and their current state. For example, heaped mattresses marked ‘condemned’ at a psychiatric hospital could tell the silent tale of hundreds of souls ‘condemned’ by society.     What once gave warmth and comfort seems to reflect society’s neglect and the discomfort felt about facing such responsibility and even guilt about the avoidance thereof. An object could have multiple meanings, a mattress for instance. When you remove one element of the whole, you can change the character of the remaining parts of an object. Whereas the springs gave support and comfort to the sleeper, they become a base of pain and discomfort when their cover is removed.    Irony also appears strongly in my work. By using a burnt-out or scorched heater, new meaning is given to the energy that is the basis of its existence; that which gave the heater life caused its death.     The found objects, manipulated as works of art in their own right, are also the inspiration, theme and source for mixed-media artworks. These consist of photographs and drawings.
       
     
Record cards
       
     
Transformed
       
     
Discomfort and scorched
       
     
Discomfort - detail
       
     
Injection cabinet
       
     
Keyboard
       
     
Keyboard - detail 1
       
     
Keyboard - detail 2
       
     
RE-CON-TEXT
       
     
RE-CON-TEXT Melted - detail
       
     
Scorched object
       
     
Municipal bin
       
     
Municipal bin
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
  RE-CON-TEXT /2004     Joao Ferreira Gallery     Ordinary objects have hidden lives that are not apparent when found in their natural and original environments. When these objects have reached their expiry date, their usage has come to an end, and they are destined for the junk or scrap metal yard, or a new or previously unnoticed meaning can be revealed by transforming them into objects d’art.    By altering the appearance and adding elements to objects, I challenge the institutionalized perceptions about them. I reveal new meaning by concealing the original meaning.    Through tracing and documenting the history relating to found objects, such as domestic furniture and general appliances, I attempt to draw analogies and parallels between the original use of objects and their current state. For example, heaped mattresses marked ‘condemned’ at a psychiatric hospital could tell the silent tale of hundreds of souls ‘condemned’ by society.     What once gave warmth and comfort seems to reflect society’s neglect and the discomfort felt about facing such responsibility and even guilt about the avoidance thereof. An object could have multiple meanings, a mattress for instance. When you remove one element of the whole, you can change the character of the remaining parts of an object. Whereas the springs gave support and comfort to the sleeper, they become a base of pain and discomfort when their cover is removed.    Irony also appears strongly in my work. By using a burnt-out or scorched heater, new meaning is given to the energy that is the basis of its existence; that which gave the heater life caused its death.     The found objects, manipulated as works of art in their own right, are also the inspiration, theme and source for mixed-media artworks. These consist of photographs and drawings.
       
     

RE-CON-TEXT /2004

Joao Ferreira Gallery

Ordinary objects have hidden lives that are not apparent when found in their natural and original environments. When these objects have reached their expiry date, their usage has come to an end, and they are destined for the junk or scrap metal yard, or a new or previously unnoticed meaning can be revealed by transforming them into objects d’art.

By altering the appearance and adding elements to objects, I challenge the institutionalized perceptions about them. I reveal new meaning by concealing the original meaning.

Through tracing and documenting the history relating to found objects, such as domestic furniture and general appliances, I attempt to draw analogies and parallels between the original use of objects and their current state. For example, heaped mattresses marked ‘condemned’ at a psychiatric hospital could tell the silent tale of hundreds of souls ‘condemned’ by society.

What once gave warmth and comfort seems to reflect society’s neglect and the discomfort felt about facing such responsibility and even guilt about the avoidance thereof. An object could have multiple meanings, a mattress for instance. When you remove one element of the whole, you can change the character of the remaining parts of an object. Whereas the springs gave support and comfort to the sleeper, they become a base of pain and discomfort when their cover is removed.

Irony also appears strongly in my work. By using a burnt-out or scorched heater, new meaning is given to the energy that is the basis of its existence; that which gave the heater life caused its death. 

The found objects, manipulated as works of art in their own right, are also the inspiration, theme and source for mixed-media artworks. These consist of photographs and drawings.

Record cards
       
     
Record cards

Mixed-media on cards
70 X 120 mm
2004

Transformed
       
     
Transformed

Mixed-media and found object
55 X 55,5 X 95 cm
2004

Discomfort and scorched
       
     
Discomfort and scorched

Mixed-media, photographs and found objects
2004

Discomfort - detail
       
     
Discomfort - detail

Photographs and found objects
1530 X 780 mm
2004

Injection cabinet
       
     
Injection cabinet

Found objects
840 X 294 X 634mm
2004

Keyboard
       
     
Keyboard

Found objects and resin
125,8 X 278,4 cm
2004

Keyboard - detail 1
       
     
Keyboard - detail 1

Found objects and resin
2004

Keyboard - detail 2
       
     
Keyboard - detail 2

Found objects and resin
2004

RE-CON-TEXT
       
     
RE-CON-TEXT

Work on paper
1530 X 780 mm
2004

RE-CON-TEXT Melted - detail
       
     
RE-CON-TEXT Melted - detail

Mixed-media and plastic on paper
2004

Scorched object
       
     
Scorched object

Mixed-media and found objects
2004

Municipal bin
       
     
Municipal bin

Mixed-media and found objects
2004

Municipal bin
       
     
Municipal bin

Mixed-media and found objects
550 X 610 X 930 mm
2004

Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs

1530 X 780 mm
2004

Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs

1530 X 780 mm
2004

Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs

1530 X 780 mm
2004