Without Belief There are Only Replicas

1987

Plackman, Carl
Carl Plackman’s sculptures take the form of careful assemblages of found and fabricated objects. According to Plackman, these detailed constructions ‘attempt to examine how people communicate with each other and how objects often get in the way’. Growing out of his interest in literature, cinema and the origins of language, they reward careful looking. Plackman worked as an architectural assistant before training in sculpture. This architectural grounding is evident in both his drawings and his sculptural work. Each of the components of Without Belief there are only Replicas exist in finely balanced spatial, visual and metaphorical relationships with one another. To Plackman, objects were never simply ‘neutral’. Rather, they were ‘crystallisations of numerous value systems and judgements... part of our own mythology as well as that of the past’.
  • Artwork Details: 220 x 117cm
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  • Material description: Wood, paper, string, gouache
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: ACC18/2014

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