CAPTCHA No. 21 – Doryphoros

Darbyshire, Matthew
In his sculptural assemblages Matthew Darbyshire reflects on and examines the objects that we surround ourselves with, from furniture and clothing to cooking utensils and artworks. CAPTCHA No. 21 – Doryphoros (2015), made for Darbyshire’s 2015 solo exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, is a version of a fifth-century Greek sculpture. Although the original bronze sculpture of Doryphoros – cast between 480 and 400 BCE – has been lost, a Roman copy in marble remains. To make his own ‘copy’ of this famous sculpture, Darbyshire purchased a 3D scan of the object online, before painstakingly building his figure from layer upon layer of hand-cut, hand-painted polycarbonate. Darbyshire often makes use of contemporary processes and materials in his work, but does so critically. As he explains, his work is often ‘driven by a desire, albeit a naïve one, to wrestle back the right to make images and objects from today’s monopolising digital means.’
  • Artwork Details: 224 x 75 x 75cm
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  • Material description: Multi-wall polycarbonate
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Accession number: ACC43/2016



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