Grenville Davey Dry Table 1990

Artwork details

Artist
Grenville Davey born 1961
Title
Dry Table
Date 1990
Medium Painted steel and salt
Dimensions Object: 1190 x 2245 x 1305 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Reference
T06598
Not on display

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Davey is one of a number of sculptors who make objects whose forms and scale suggest at once a mechanical function and a domestic or architectural fixture. His works are often hybrids combining found objects and specially fabricated sections. Particularly important is the finish and surface of each work. In this case, the smooth, curved sides of the cylinder are deliberately contrasted with the pitted surface of the top. Davey's post-minimal 'functionless' objects challenge the gallery setting by appearing as objects for consumption - as furniture, for example. However, their beautifully crafted manufacture is without an application outside art. The upper surface is a dried out salt solution.

August 2004

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