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In the Grip

Sculpture, 2018

Commissioned by DES for an exhibition in Edinburgh in May 2018, these artworks were born out of an interest in how the human body is inherently implicit within the form of an object such as a chair even when the body is absent.

Combining black lacquered wooden forms with smooth handle-like details and cut rubber slings (made using specially manufactured sheets of rubber webbing), these objects reference Functionalist aesthetics whilst disturbing the founding principle, ‘Form follows Function’. Through an un-ergonomic and decorative use of ‘hand-hold’ forms, together with the use of a natural sheet rubber material normally associated with the underside of a chair, these objects make play with their implied human interaction.

In the furniture restoration trade ‘Pirelli rubber webbing’ is traditionally supplied in thin strips. James McLardy worked with the manufacturers Dellner and Woodville to produce this same material in the large sheet sizes required to make the sling-forms within this work.

Photography: Ruth Clark

In the Grip
  • Title: In the Grip
  • Materials: Lacquer, wood, rubber webbing
  • Dimensions: Dimensions variable
In the Grip
  • Title: In the Grip
  • Materials: Lacquer, wood, rubber webbing
  • Dimensions: Dimensions variable
In the Grip
  • Title: In the Grip
  • Materials: Lacquer, wood, rubber webbing
  • Dimensions: Dimensions variable
In the Grip
  • Title: In the Grip
  • Materials: Lacquer, wood, rubber webbing
  • Dimensions: Dimensions variable
In the Grip
  • Title: In the Grip
  • Materials: Lacquer, wood, rubber webbing
  • Dimensions: Dimensions variable
In the Grip
  • Title: In the Grip
  • Materials: Lacquer, wood, rubber webbing
  • Dimensions: Dimensions variable
In the Grip
  • Title: In the Grip
  • Materials: Lacquer, wood, rubber webbing
  • Dimensions: Dimensions variable
In the Grip
  • Title: In the Grip
  • Materials: Lacquer, wood, rubber webbing
  • Dimensions: Dimensions variable