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Ash Owen

Brick, Wood & Pint Glass

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2011, pint glass, wood, brick and expanding foam



Owen considers his sculptural works as a series of studies rather than as finished pieces. He is compelled by the beauty and liberating effect of uncontrollability in visual practice and explores the significance of craft and labour by juxtaposing chance and unpredictability with control and discipline. The uncontrollable aspect of his practice is evident in his experimental use of expanding foam, whereas the balancing feature of control is reached through casting and readymade objects.


Owen’s readymade objects with expanding foam are experimentations of the dynamic and unruly rivalling with the static and disciplined. At the same time, the works are bringing something untamed and out of ordinary to the recognisable and mundane.