Stephen Johnson at Mint

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London design store Mint is showing a range of resin and brass sculptures by artist Stephen Johnson.

The pieces are assemblies of readymade animal figurines found in charity shops and car boot sales.

Here is some info about Johnson and his work, provided by Mint:

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The work…

Stephen Johnson’s work appears at first as a playful celebration of domestic ornament and kitsch. Yet beyond the ‘nice’ and ‘pretty’, his work uses objects void of physical use-value to consider our need for emotional function throughout our every day life.

His most recent pieces propose a surreal Alice in Wonderland world of escape. We see rabbits twice the size of dogs float amongst giant candies and mini hearts. On closer inspection, or perhaps imagination permitting, delicate narratives exist within his work as teddies make friends with ducks, mice share their dinner with dogs and happy snails ware pretty bows. He proposes an alternative world, free from negativity, a reality harmonious and utopian, safe and predictable.

By working with readymade objects he achieves a direct relationship with his interest in peoples need for domestic ornament and kitsch throughout their everyday lives. Such a fascination stems from his own experiences as a child growing up in a typically working class environment where such objects of desire would offer so many alternatives to the sometimes harsh realities of everyday life.

In many of his works he joins together ornaments, referencing his love of classic ornamentation like Baroque and Rococo for their ability to warp so many of realties facets like gravity, scale and rules of nature.

Technical details…

Each sculpture is constructed using second hand ornaments acquired from car boot sales, charity shops and personal donations. Such a mix of origins provides each sculpture with a bringing together of histories – a type of DNA unique to each piece.

Whether made from resin or brass, each sculpture is screwed securely together using steel pins and then held securely in place with either solder or glue. This process provides an extremely secure construction enabling an array of gravity defying structures.

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Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2007 at 3:34 pm by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • Nuno

    cool. i dig… i guess

  • http://www.mussertoth.com Musser

    Surprisingly, I’m attracted to these.

  • Eloise

    I see this as conceptual art that isn’t very strong considering we are 8o years post-Duchamp. Johnson is just piecing together other’s work- love it or leave it, someone else made the forms- It isn’t that interesting to present the idea of the ready-made in 2007…

    I’m much more interested in designers who can show an idea, as well as a form. That is tension. This is kraft-store highstreet. Boring. Hollow. There are so many new tools for designers to engage with form again, while making a conceptual product- to not do so is just lazy..