Grenville Davey
By Air 1989

Artwork details

Grenville Davey born 1961
By Air
Date 1989
Medium Hardboard, wood and steel
Dimensions Displayed: 1850 x 3250 x 1850 mm
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Not on display

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In 'By Air', Davey has expanded the flat and regular geometric shape of the circle into an irregular three-dimensional form to explore the relationship between flatness and volume. The external surface is a thickly applied, industrial, spray-painted finish. This softens the edges and makes them look moulded rather than hand-made. Davey has described the contrast between the smooth external surface and the side facing the wall; 'you can actually see around the back. They are stitched together with any old bit of tubing or wiring and dozens of screws. It is very theatrical - like keeping the flood at bay'.

August 2004

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