Copper Head Blank (HC1074)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Copper Head Blank

Date

2016

Description

Commissioned for the Crafts Council Exhibition, A Curious Turn: moving, mechanical sculpture, this is part of the handling collection showing the making process of The Discombobulated Brexiteer (Crafts Council Collection: 2016.17).

The Discombobulated Brexiteer questions the trustworthiness of people in public office whose judgement can be influenced. The object follows the contemporary approach of using moving sculpture to comment satirically on society. It also shows the maker’s recent change of inspirations for his work, from 19th century tinplate toys and the folk-toy tradition to the Georgian enamelling process and the example of traditional refined 18th century automata. This work is also inspired by the maker’s residency at Kings College London within the faculty of Natural and Mathematical Science under the Crafts Council Parallel Practices programme

Dimensions

height:  2.1cm
width:  10cm
depth:  10.5cm

Object number

HC1074

Category

Credit

Purchase of 'The Discombobulated Brexiteer’ (2016) funded by a donation from Nicholas and Judith Goodison.

On view

  • Making materials for The Discombobulated Brexiteer, John Grayson, 2016. Crafts Council Collection: HC1074 - HC1080. Photo: Justine Boussard.

  • The Discombobulated Brexiteer, John Grayson, 2016, displayed as part of the Crafts Council touring exhibition A Curious Turn: moving, mechanical sculpture, at Platform Gallery, Habitat, London 2016. Photo: Iona Wolff.

  • John Grayson explaning his work 'The Discombobulated Brexiteer' in the Crafts Council touring exhibition A Curious Turn: moving, mechanical sculpture private view at Platform Gallery, Habitat, London in 2016. Photo: Iona Wolff.

    John Grayson explaning his work 'The Discombobulated Brexiteer' in the Crafts Council touring exhibition A Curious Turn: moving, mechanical sculpture private view at Platform Gallery, Habitat, London in 2016. Photo: Iona Wolff.