SCULPTURE ARTIST INSPIRATION – MATTHEW DARBYSHIRE

Artist Influences, Studio, Uncategorized
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‘Untitled: Shelves No. 1 (series 5)’ (2012)

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‘Untitled: Furniture Island No.8’ (2012)

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Blades House pt II’ (2013)

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The W.A Ismay Collection‘ (2014)

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Untitled: Shelves No.5 (and 3 details)‘ (2008)

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Untitled: Furniture Island No. 2 (and detail)’ (2008)

The work of Matthew Darbyshire is also very interesting as he debates issues surrounding consumer culture and consumption through his sculptures. His sculptures of slices of interior acts as dioramas, portraying the shopping and design habits of the modern age. In his work, Darbyshire forms his work in relation to shopping theory, and the ‘trendy’ design habits of the day, to project a snapshot of the essence of contemporary style through his sculptures. Darbyshire uses widely available, mass produced items of furniture from well-known retailers to create his scenes; in ‘Untitled: Furniture Island No. 2 (and detail)‘he uses an IKEA lamp, an Abacus rug and a pair of Nike Dunk Supremes. As such he is directly appropriating furniture from everyday life, transforming it into a slice of a highly designed room, and thus through this room-style composition, the sculpture forms a narrative, as the viewer wonders about the type and style of the person who inhabits the space. In my own work I would also like to provide a snapshot into someone’s room, and thus lifestyle. I am using a LACK IKEA table in my sculpture, which I will upholster with excessive pink pastel and faux fur materials. Like Derbyshire, I wanted to use an IKEA table as they are mass-produced, and so the uniqueness of the table becomes somewhat devalued by the 1000s of replications on the market. I also liked the idea of adding excess onto a table which was so simple in design, reinvigorating it for the taste of the luxury-hunting consumer. In addition, I am interested in Darbyshire’s use and collection of found objects, and how he collates these. I very much like how a sparse arrangement of objects are added into his room dioramas to improve the authenticity of the space. In my own work, I would like to experiment with adding objects to my table tops, in order to heighten the feeling of needless excess, and to make the scene more viable, as the tables have a purpose with something displayed on top of them.

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