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Grenville Davey: Little Emperor

Grenville Davey: Little Emperor

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Edition of 25 of each material

Working in slipware for the first time in 1998, Grenville Davey has produced a beautiful work reminiscent of many domestic objects. Exploring the relationship between weight and the fragile nature of the starting material Little Emperor asks us to look again at what, at first, seems a familiar shape.

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Working in slipware for the first time in 1998, Grenville Davey has produced a beautiful work reminiscent of many domestic objects. Exploring the relationship between weight and the fragile nature of the starting material Little Emperor asks us to look again at what, at first, seems a familiar shape.

The original idea was to take a cast from a chemical bottle – a reducing vessel, an aesthetically pleasing object but one that is absolutely functional. I always wanted to distort this object but I found that working in plaster had it’s own logic. Working with a reductive process like turning plaster is almost the opposite of what I am used to doing with metals. Little Emperor is a two-part piece – like a hip joint – an uncomfortable marriage between the two parts.

It has been interesting for me to make a multiple. I see this work as an object with a multiple life. Now I think, the processes are there and learnt, why not use the form to explore new materials? He has subsequently used aluminium and turned oak.

Additional Information

Weight 7 kg
Dimensions 22 x 22 x 35 cm
Edition Size

25 of each material

Materials

Turned Oak, Aluminium, Ceramic

Date

1998 – 2001

Grenville Davey won the Turner Prize in 1992.

He has produced major commissioned work for Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Cass Sculpture Foundation. He has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally; recent exhibitions include Canary Wharf (March 2008) and ‘Inter Alia’, Chelsea Space, London (2014).

Davey has undertaken recent residencies at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge and the Centre for Research in String Theory, Queen Mary University of London.

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see
http://www.gold.ac.uk/our-people/profile-hub/art/ug/grenville-davey/