[June 8, 2013]
Tom Watson has offered a ‘visual interpretation’ of the term: Object abuse.
Title: Soft Touch (Life jacket & Thread, Height 20x Width 25x Depth 2cm, 2012)
“I emulated the required thickness of leather by wrapping polyurethane foam in the polyester outer, and then following exactly the craft of master whip maker Ron Edwards, to produce a bullwhip, without the mass required to function.”
Each one of these visual interpretations adds insight and depth to what exactly Object Abuse might look like. This question is by no means obvious when you think about it, who is to say the object in question is passive and not active, where does any variation of abuse originate from? And what is an object, or can we really say with any certainty what is not an object?
OA’s intension is to provide a platform to question the very nature and orientation of objects. The aim is to readdress the unquestioned drives of our collective pursuits, to turn the tables on the object-subject dynamic.
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