Prosthetic Aesthetics

"Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times." Sigmund Freud

Category Archives: Sculpture

Public Assembly: Part Four – Oblique Landscape

The third and final project from the Public Assembly essay, the Oblique Landscape was the result of a year spent obsessing about a new kind of urban sculpture, one that … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Public Assembly: Part Three – Thames Platform

The second project presented in the Public Assembly essay, the Thames Platform continues the idea of an inhabitable modular sculpture that reflects the changing physical environment of the city, in … Continue reading

October 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Frieze Masters and Frieze Amateurs – Strong and Weak Aesthetics

The very naming of “Frieze Masters” implies that the original “Frieze” is populated by amateurs. Not in the derogatory sense, but in its original meaning of Amateur – “Lover of…”. … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ilya Kabakov: The Palace of Projects 1995-98 | Part Two: Limitless Worlds

Following on from the first part of Ilya Kabakov’s ‘Foreward to the Installation’ from his Palace of Projects installation, Kabakov describes the layout of the structure where visitors can spend … Continue reading

October 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ilya Kabakov: The Palace of Projects 1995-98 | Part One: Universal Types

The work of Ilya Kabakov, Russian grandfather of installation art, was first introduced to me by my friend, the painter Viktor Timofeev. The following is an extract from ‘Foreward to … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

On Anish Kapoor, Part Three: XL Sculpture

Public art. What does it mean? If it means a work of art visible to the public, then Kapoor has been very successful with the mirrored Cloud Gate, and incredibly … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

On Anish Kapoor, Part Two: from Microcosm to Narcissism

Is using mirrors “cheating”?¬†While the scale of Anish Kapoor’s work relates to the human body, he often uses colour in its most primitive form – as saturated powder pigments applied … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

On Anish Kapoor, Part One: 1990

I’ve always been divided about Anish Kapoor’s work – but the more I read about his earlier interest in allegory, myth and his place in the world (as an alchemist), … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy” Nietzsche

The human body is both sacred and common.¬† As the title quote by Friedrich Nietzsche illustrates, there is no strict distinction between the mortal vessel we inhabit and our mind. … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

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