Untitled: Shelves No.5 (and 3 details)
Various glass and plastic components
110 x 140 x 30 cm
Matthew Darbyshire provocatively repackages the homogenisation of contemporary design: the moulded retro-future furnishings and CMYK colour schemes that dominate both public and private space. Democratised from minimalist couture chic to high-street decor to budget home-ware chintz, Darbyshireâ€™s assembled objects try to define just what it is that makes candy-coloured plastic so modern, so appealing. Replicating a domestic display, Untitled: Shelves No. 5 presents a collection of purchased goods: a Verner Panton miniature and a bong, religious icons and cocktail glasses, all fabricated in the same style, the numbing yet infinitely seductive hallmark of lifestyle aspiration.
Untitled: Furniture Island No. 2 (and detail)
Abacus rug, ikea torim lamp, noguchi replica table, robin day chair, nike dunk supremes, buddha head, panton miniature, rashid lighter
190 x 180 x 140 cm
Darbyshireâ€™s homey assemblages function as models of modern living, the kind of dioramic displays that might represent â€˜todayâ€™ in design museums or shop windows. Their studied genericism and fetishistic staging doubles as a form of portraiture. Drawing inspiration from novelists such as JG Ballard and Bret Easton Ellis, Darbyshire conceives his sculptures in relation to shopping theory: we are what we buy, and use our belongings to project a desired image of ourselves. Furnished with well-known affordable brand name goods, Untitled: Furniture Island No. 2 invites speculation on the type of person who might have this as their living environment. Its clinical hipness paints an ironic image of tragic yuppie-ness: chances are you probably own at least one of the items on display.