Project ideas develop while I am cruising the aisles of Bunnings Warehouse, which is a hardware ‘Do It Yourself’ chain store. This cruising can be described as passive ‘window shopping’ – as I gaze at Bunnings construction materials I am thoughtfully assembling the material into ‘other’ spatial design possibilities.
The kit of parts and ready-made objects available at Bunnings or other hardware retailers, offers the consumptive shopper materials for practical ‘everyday’ needs. My reimaginings of these everyday materials is similar to the late 1960s activities of the radical art movement Arte Povera.
Arte Povera, ‘poor or impoverished art’ is a term that describes a small group of artists who experimented and reimagine ‘found objects’ into a range of ephemeral art, performance art, installation art and assemblage mediums.
Perhaps Edmond and Corrigan’s architecture and theatre set designs could be considered Arte Povera albeit an assemblage of everyday objects in an architectural manifestation. Everyday domestic building elements and symbols such as bay windows and brickwork patterns are reimagined and articulated in a new ‘elaborated’ stylization.