Manubrium

1994

Davey, Grenville
One of Grenville Davey's primary concerns is the way in which art objects relate to things in the real world. His work is pervaded by shapes, materials and finished surfaces that are reminiscent of machine-made objects, even though they are mainly hand-made. Since the mid-1980s, he has created abstract sculptures which have been dominated by his exploration of the circle. 'Manubrium' is from a series of works made between 1992 and 1994, which he has described as 'self-consciously theatrical'. It is a two-part work consisting of circles and twisted bars, which he first used in 1992. Davey has observed: 'the title describes the structure of the ear drum and an open cavity which in this work is removed. The sections describe themselves independently but obviously are dependent on a literal reading of parts or details which describe a possible structure for an imagined whole.' Tom Heaven
  • Artwork Details: 42.5 x 229.5 x 90cm
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  • Material description: painted steel and zinc coated steel
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Abstract
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: ACC7/1994

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