Steven Claydon - Contemporary Artists

The Thingliness of Things 1 (Potatoes in the Cellar)

The Thingliness of Things 1 (Potatoes in the Cellar) The Saatchi Gallery
 

Steven Claydon

The Thingliness of Things 1 (Potatoes in the Cellar)

2007
Acrylic, oil, steel, hessian, paper and wood, four parts mounted on plinth

157 x 300 x 150 cm

The Thingliness of Things I (Potatoes In The Cellar) takes its inspiration from Heidegger’s writings on art. One of Heidegger’s philosophical problems was what exactly is it that gives art its special value? At what point does art become art and not just an ordinary object? Heidegger explored this question via a comparison between a stored work of art and potatoes kept in a cellar. Claydon’s own position in relation to this is “I see it as a more complex situation with subtle variations between the realms of material baseness and balanced subjectivity.” In The Thingliness of Things I (Potatoes In The Cellar) Claydon offers an assemblage incorporating domestic and institutional forms that reference both the everyday and the power systems that assign cultural worth.
 
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