THE SHOWER ROOM - Steel Sculptures Installation
OPENING SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2011, 4 – 6 PM
EXHIBITION DATES 3 SEPTEMBER – 8 OCTOBER 2011
The artist will be present at the opening
THE SHOWER ROOM
Transformation itself is the focus of a new installation work by Konstantin Dimopoulos. The black-and-white Bergman-like images, seemingly crafted from some Nordic or Barbaric lands, are transplanted effortlessly here in this Antipodean landscape.
In The Shower Room, Dimopoulos creates a series of modular shower units, five in total. Each stand-alone work is 3 meters in height, made of black steel pipe, with each shower unit held on five stem pediments. The dark spider-like legs, long and extended splay outwards from the center of the shower unit, each leg sitting on castors that allow them to move freely. Their mobility is a statement in itself, the portability of ideas.
These industrial fittings originally designed for a domestic setting are now transformed to some other purpose, some political convenience. Conceive to cleanse the living, brutal pieces of the ordinary, that transform the day-to-day bathroom to something more malevolent.
Moving through to the smaller gallery, we are greeted by another installation The Bed-Sitting Room. To one side of the room a black angle iron frame of a bed sits empty. Again ... we have seen this room before but something has changed.
The transformation and monotone nature of these works, the black and white pastiche of colour with the gallery suggest something more of a collective memory exploring the synapses of a common consciousness.