A duo-exhibition with artists: Derek Peel and Selena Hurst at Bunker Projects
February 1st - February 28th, 2019
Exhibition view of Selena Hurst’s work
What does an object become when it inevitably loses its function? Does this constitute as a loss of identity? Is the object no longer worthy?
Question the assumptions of how objects exist, how physical spaces can be fabricated, and the definitions and designations of preciousness with A Better Home and Garden. By extracting and reassembling fragments of familiar objects and spaces, elements of our regular settings that are not actively examined, Selena Hurst and Derek Peel scrutinize and [reimagine/redefine] physical spaces that are automatically accepted as authentic.
Hurst’s work explores the point between surface/appearance and function/thingness. She uses simulated and real objects to explore the question of what makes a thing itself vs. its representation. Her work includes the appearance of interior objects absorbed into soft-sculptures, life-sized stickers, altered photographs, and immersive installations. Placed within space, these deceptive mimicries creep towards actuality when they begin to behave like the objects they represent: images printed on adhesive vinyl merely resemble curtains, but they are transformed into functioning objects when positioned on windows. These works function as curtains, but live as photographs. Her work questions the boundaries that divide and define the real and its representation.
Peel recreates the hilarious tragedies in mundanities of everyday life. They enjoy exploring the humanity of these instances through commonplace objects. Their sculptures might be mistaken for floating public school ceilings, broken light switches, dinner for one, carpet with a life to it, or a fan without turbulence. Peel questions whether these found objects or repurposed sculptures can still be defined by their original purpose. A light switch that is not connected to electricity cannot perform as it was originally intended – is it still a light switch? Could it be a sculpture, or could we learn how to fix this forgotten object?
The distrust of built environments is apparent with every work in this show. Ceilings, walls, chairs, floors, etc. that look sturdy, or at least attractive, can convince one that the entire structure is safe, but may hide reality of dangerous structural flaws. A Better Home and Garden aims to challenge the tendency to believe that one’s perception-derived concept of a situation, object, or environment is truth by playfully recreating an experience of disorientation.