Andrew Southall

optical projection experimental 2009 -view 1
Southall’s sculptures take the form of peculiar devices for calibration, optical tools of reconnaissance, or cutting edge technology, blunted by age. They may be hewn from outmoded domestic accoutrements that symbolize aspirations of a time and class. They could be scavenged from boxes of interesting but now redundant gadgets and devices, or crafted from raw materials that signify a certain confident quality, or refinement. Characteristically they test something that does not need proving, or attempt an experiment for an idea that is already well established. They are tools out of sync with their surroundings, using materials that are inappropriate to their aims.