Drew Daly | sculpture
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REFLECTIVE MERGE, 2007
My work is based on revealing the potential of object and material with which we have an assumed knowledge. This is done through simple gestures applied to readymade objects, often stemming from domestic environments. Through these alterations I attempt to create a sense of wonder and provoke a moment of recognition of the everyday environment which is often more assumed then experienced.
Fragmentation, deconstruction and reconstruction, erosion of singular meaning within a context are all methods I have used to pursue the concept of crossing. Through these processes of layering and imposing information a shift occurs in our assumptions, and knowledge of the object. This shift or crossing from common or routine to unexpected and unknown is the primary consideration with which I am intrigued. The isolation from its common scenario helps trigger our sense of memory, or recognition of the altered object.
DIVISION CHAIR, 2004
SUBJECT: CHAIR, 2005 (detail above right)
Another method I have used to play on the ready-made object is through the idea of trace information. Trace information represents a piece of evidence or a replica of information. I attempt to play with trace information both literally and figuratively by deconstructing, reconstructing and finally tracing the linear configuration of evidence left by this process with wire. In the case of wood, the act is that of tracing the line created by two shards of wood butted against each other. Through this action I am creating a physical replica of a space between two things. A crack is not physical in the sense of material; it is physical only in terms of a space between. By replicating a linear space with a physical material, wire, I play on the notion of trace information and a literal tracing of linear space. The resulting information becomes an object in the form of only the crack pattern.