Gashed with a sharp tool. Irritated by the application of caustic plant juices. Smothered by dark pigments such as ground charcoal and gunpowder. Angled corner, buttress and facade are marked this way. Scarification turns the building's outer surface into a timeless mouth-part. A superb ephemeral gob for all the ages.
The Goss-Michael Foundation is pleased to announce the debut presentation in a US non-profit institution by London based artist, Ben Sansbury. Whereas Sansbury's work has often been marked by excess and singularity (one off works of hyperbolic collage, heavily overworked/handmade anthropomorphic masks and tableaux or large scale installation), this exhibition focuses on his ongoing experimentation with simplified, serially produced sculptural forms. Careful meditations on the properties of various 'unknown' architectural structures, a field of freestanding monochromatic objects made from block-moulded plaster speaks not of the particular - but the universal.
To modulate, stack, pair and balance - that we might attribute these tendencies not just to these works, but to the Paleolithic menhir builder as to the high-modernist architect is to understand something about the eternality of the human mind: it's contiguity-in-form. The objects on display in this exhibition thus exist nowhere and everywhere in time. They are visions you see when you rub the closed lids of your tired eyes; the impossible flat-pack offices blocks that cajole the any-city-whatever. Your own old teeth sticking up from your head; the great wet dream temple of the Mesoamerican spirit vibe. Text by Paul Perioni, Curator at Space Studios, London.
Ben Sansbury lives and works in London. He studied at the Royal College of Art, London and has exhibited in galleries including: SPACE (solo), London, UK; The Baltic (solo), Gateshead, UK; Palais de Tokyo (group), Paris, France; MU Museum (group), Eindhoven, Netherlands.