Rupert Norfolk - Contemporary Artists


Guillotine The Saatchi Gallery

Rupert Norfolk


Acrylic paint and lacquer on aluminium

229 x 105 x 120 cm

Guillotine is a replica of an industrial machine, transposed into spray-painted aluminium. Its airbrushed surface simulates and exaggerates the shades and reflections caused by its own structure under contrived lighting conditions. Not quite corresponding with the real highlights and shadows, this treatment has a contradictory and disquieting effect, at once compounding the physical presence of this overbearing apparatus and at the same time rendering it with a strangely indeterminate graphic quality.
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