The artist highlights a few pieces from his 'Variations on Normal' expo at KK Outlet
British artist Dominic Wilcox’s irreverent pieces are equally salient and imaginative. From nibbling of Jaffa Cakes into iconic British shapes – think Tower Bridge, the Loch Ness Monster and Stonehenge - to reinterpreting found objects to produce new meanings, like his ‘Finger-Nose Stylus for Touch Screens’ which, as its name suggest, is a nose extension that can be used as a third-hand for those whose touchscreen phones and iPads demand that bit more attention, or a mechanical device for reading a fellow passengers newspaper. An exhibition of Wilcox’s musings and dry-humoured work will be on show at communication agency, KK Outlet’s gallery in Hoxton Square. Dazed Digital asked Wilcox to name his top 5 favourite pieces.
Sounds of Making in east London
This is a 10" vinyl record I made as a souvenir of east London. One distinct thing about the area is the amazing amount of people who make things. I chose twenty one skillful, creative and historical makers based in the east and simply recorded the sounds of them at work. Tracks include the sound of tuning a bell at Britain's oldest manufacturer Whitechapel Bell Foundry, John Hegley writing a song about John Keats on his typewriter and the sound of making pies in the old pie and mash shop, F.Cooke on Broadway Market.
Personal collection of oddities
I showed twenty six objects from my own collection of things I find interesting. My only criteria for selecting them was that they made my heart jump a little when I first saw them. I find it interesting to see them all displayed together as a group as it gives me a better picture of what my taste and influences are. Sometimes you don't know what you like until you see everything you own in front of you. One of the objects is a Japanese WW2 'fire extinguishing grenade', it's designed to be filled with sand then thrown out of an aeroplane onto the fires caused by bombing. I was told it wasn't very effective. I like how it is such a beautiful thing but was created to be destroyed.
I created a series of animated scenes attached to the hands of watches. The mechanical watches are wound up and the figures on the second hand rotate, passing the figures on the minute hand. I tend to make them based on social observations or things I see on the news that effects me in some way. One watch sculpture is call The Unrequited, a man stands with folded arms on the minute hand while another constantly passes by with his hand of friendship out. Another is more political with a soldier and protester in an embrace.
No Place Like Home
I was commissioned by the Global Footprint project in Northamptonshire to create some shoes. I decided to make a pair of shoes that can navigate you home where ever you are. I thought about the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go home. After uploading your required destination to the shoes via a laptop and USB cable, the GPS, which is embedded in the heal, is activated by a heal click. It then communicates to the wearer via a ring of LED lights to point in the required direction. The right shoe has a progress bar of lights to show how close you are to the destination.
Wilcox vs 3D Printer
At the V&A museum I gave a performance where I took on a 3D printer to make a model of St Paul's Cathedral. A sort of man v machine match up. I had actually done this in Milan a week before so this was a rematch. I chose to use marzipan as my material, which made my task a little harder as it melts under the heat of the lights. I came out to Rocky music wearing a white dressing gown with 'I eat computer chips for breakfast' written in Gaffa tape on the back. We had 45 minutes to make our models and in the end I was voted victorious by the onlooking crowd.
Dominic Wilcox, 'Variations on Normal', KK Outlet, until September 26, 2012