Stretch and Squeeze
Jack Scollard lives and works in Dublin. Their practice is concerned with exploring themes of monumentality, the body and ideas of the anti-monument. The process underpinning this body of work is designed to visually interrogate what it means for images to be extracted, reproduced and reappropriated. As reinterpretations based on a series of graphite drawings of outdoor gym equipment, the sculptural works are conceived as frivolous provocations of the logic that reframes and promotes the body as a site of labour, in which health is a commodity to be earned.
As well as this, they are to be considered as a mimicry of the body itself. Encased by a fleshy gold paint, these light but rigid plaster frames represent speculative endoskeletons or abstracted embodiments. Their eery mid-air suspension connotes the modes of display of the deceased in natural history museums, perhaps implying that they are relics; monuments to our bodily decay.