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Leo Fitzmaurice

Leo Fitzmaurice, Object Oriented, 2018

Leo Fitzmaurice, Object Oriented, 2018

There will be four works in the booth. ‘Receiver’ will be an installation of found reception signs displayed within a shallow bay on the outside wall of the booth. The signs have been removed from derelict buildings and collected from sign and salvage companies. They will be hung on a number of levels (600mm overall depth) to create a sense of space and depth. ‘Object Oriented’ is a series of three intrinsically-lit vehicle body part sets. Each will consist of 5 sections of motor vehicle: the statutory depression/indent formed on a vehicle body for the display of the license plate.

Leo Fitzmaurice’s practice is grounded in a process of roaming and observation, appropriating existing languages, focusing on the overlooked and the ubiquitous. He uses materials whose main function is to carry textual information in our environment, with an ongoing interest in what the artist calls information objects. In the proposal each of the works found text-materials are reworked, represented, eviscerated or eradicated to un-moor the original intention of the information object, leaving the viewer in a state of ‘productive misunderstanding’. The two installations present a counter point to one another. Receiver’s single message is repeated, inverting the usual relationship with the signs: the viewer becomes the receiver rather than the received. Object Oriented’s de-functioned displays, once detached from the vehicle, heighten the uncanny muted nature of the lit-forms. Each intervention carries a sense of what the artist refers to as a ‘productive uncertainty’ that refresh our sense of the everyday.