Edition of 100
David Kefford has explored the scope for uniqueness
and variety within the repetitive methods of production that are the
nature of an edition.
The use of hands-on low-tech processes such as cutting, sticking and wrapping transforms the items. Different coloured tapes and scouring pads are used and the girth and length of protrusion of the bound steel scourers differ, giving a different appearance and character to each of the individual works. The surfaces of the sculpture are also affected with tape, varnish, wax, glue and glitter bestowing suggestions of age, life, history and character to each sculpture.
The domestic scale, materials and intentions of the sculptural edition give them a familiarity and playfulness. When placed within the home their organic nature suggests they could have grown from the composite materials rather than being designed and constructed.
The work has been specifically created for wall-mounted display at crotch height. This placement combines with the form of the object to suggest a representation of male genitalia. However, due to their colourful and shiny surfaces they appear to take on a more quirky and absurd character, portraying them as ‘inoffensive’. There is a fine balance between humour and disgust and a conflict between attraction and repulsion that explores ideas of beauty and appeal.
David Kefford lives in Cambridge and is currently a
studio artist at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire. His work has
been exhibited extensively throughout the UK in both group and solo exhibitions,
including ARTfutures, Bloomberg Space, One Thing Against Another, Aspex,
Off, Outpost, Born Again, Wysing Arts Centre, Faux Realism, Rockwell,
Future Primitive, One in the Other and Unbecoming, 1,000,000mph Project
Space. He has been the recipient of several prizes, commissions and awards
and has undertaken numerous gallery-based residencies. David's work is
held in a number of private collections.