The floor-based sculpture Amphibians combines machined, hand carved and polished marble with aluminium casts of stretch-fit Topshop clothing, coloured elastics and mirror polished stainless steel which has been digitally cut and industrially rolled along hand-drawn lines. The dialogue between the industrially or post-industrially produced and the hand-made is articulated through all of Channer's work. Adding to this complex web of relationships between various methods of production and references to a body is a play on assumed opposites, not only on figurative versus abstract, hand-made versus mass produced, horizontal versus vertical, but also on the classical versus the postmodern, on the relationship between two and three dimensional forms, the linear and the cyclical, the liquid and the solid, the human and nonhuman, and the rough and the smooth.
- Artwork Details: 54.5 x 141 x 455cm
- Material description: Mirror polished steel, cast aluminium, machined, hand carved and polished marble, elastic
- Credit line: © the artist. Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund and The Henry Moore Foundation.
- Accession number: ACC46/2012