Whilst in London – The Factory (2012)
The morning after I saw Arcade Fire with my sister we decided to head to Tate Modern to take in the Matisse show, sadly we couldn’t make the next available time. Nevertheless we weren’t put off to have a look at the rest of the work on show. It’s been a while since I’ve properly looked at work in London, wanting to do a proper trip in the nearer future going to the lesser known galleries instead of the touristy places.
I didn’t expect to see something as recent and as relevant to my practice as a piece of work by Alexander Brodsky, tucked away in a small room on a trolley was the model of a factory beautifully lit. A clever use of very few materials that you’d never think would ever come together. A wire mesh body that made up the factory model’s frame, covered in clay that had dried up after being applied. By accident or not the finish, works well to create a disintegrating building that once was a powerhouse of production. Its presentation in a white trolley however confuses me, giving it’s a clinical aesthetic, of course easier for transporting, in a state of repair or under reconstruction, to be restored to its former glory.