Bill Woodrow Twin-Tub with Guitar 1981

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Artist
Bill Woodrow born 1948
Title
Twin-Tub with Guitar
Date 1981
Medium Washing machine
Dimensions Object: 889 x 762 x 660 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03354
Not on display

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Bill Woodrow’s raw materials are familiar, domestic objects collected from the streets and junk yards in his neighbourhood. In the early 1980s he began giving them new meanings by peeling back their outer casing to form new objects. Here he has cut a sculpture of an electric guitar from a discarded Hotpoint washing machine.

This odd conjunction brings together two symbols of Western consumerism. Woodrow explained ‘The guitar was a pop icon and the washing machine was an everyday, domestic item. So it was bringing the two things together like a slice of life’.

August 2004

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