Grenville Davey

By Air

1989

Medium
Hardboard, wood and steel
Dimensions
Displayed: 1850 x 3250 x 1850 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07183

Display caption

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'.

Gallery label, August 2004