Degreasor In The Province Of Accumulation 3
Bent lacquered steel, phosphate acid, section of billboard poster on 'blue back' paper, magnets
148 x 153 x 30 cm
The fragmented images which display themselves on Hannah Sawtellâ€™s shelf-like structures seem so confident of their place and the clarity of their collective message that we can only assume they are part and parcel of a slick advertising campaign for a product that our pathetic brains are as yet incapable of grasping.
Swap Meet (Blue Muscle Mix) Optic
Lacquered bent steel, toughened glass, window decal, rubber and cork dividers, fixings
75.5 x 71 x 24 cm
With their smoothly lacquered steel frames, their toughened glass, their decals and their rubber fittings, the displays remind me of the upscale signage we increasingly find in our banks and pharmacies: burnished crowd-proof metal armatures guarding billboard posters pulsating with Material Promise.
Swapmeet (Al-Bahr Al-Mayyit Mix) Optic
Lacquered bent steel, glass, window decal, rubber dividers, tape, fixings
107 x 78 x 25 cm
But Sawtellâ€™s chilling assemblies arenâ€™t imaginary: all of their components are the stuff of the real world â€“ industrial softwares and hardwares from â€śThe Contemporary Global Arcadeâ€ť. Itâ€™s all out there (and in here) for the taking, in â€śThe Province of Accumulationâ€ť. And what better way, Sawtell suggests, than to let the picture machines do the taking and the making â€“ â€śAll image capture, manipulation or slicing is made by the screen used as a lens.â€ť
Text by William A Ewing