Blossfeldt Station II by Tom Palmer, Rubber Coated Steel and Gilding Metal For Sale
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Blossfeldt Station II by Tom Palmer, Rubber Coated Steel and Gilding Metal

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This piece is one of three unique reinterpretations of gothic reliquary boxes, topped by a lid with biomorphic ariels instead of ornate spires but still created using traditional silversmithing techniques. These boxes suggest a sacred meaning or ritual use, raising the question of whether they are naive renderings of contemporary technology transmitting or receiving. Do they sit listening to our communicated desires or broadcast wishes from the beyond. Despite its primitive appearance and haphazard surface, the rubber is in fact an advanced high performance coating, taken from the aerospace and automotive industries, where it is prized for its durability and sound deadening properties. This surface also coats the ariels, which appear to have emerged and grown out of the boxes, like some odd flower, rendering previously resonant forms mute. The boxes pay homage to the German photographer Karl Blossfeldt and his seminal book Urformen der Kunst in which his closeup architectural photographs of plants formed one of the key references in the development of Biomorphism. Tom Palmer cleverly plays and offsets the thinking behind the piece with his choice of form and materials, both referencing sound and its deadening with the use of advanced rubber as though putting a blanket over it.

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  • Dimensions
    H 45.67 in. x W 10.24 in. x D 10.24 in.H 116 cm x W 26 cm x D 26 cm
  • Seller Location
    Blandford Forum, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU927110012433
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