Forged steel, cellulose paint, woven lanyard, numbered nickel-plated tag
66 x 4 x 4 cm [26 x 1.6 x 1.6 inches]
Edition of 22, accompanied by signed and numbered certificate.
About the work
Richard Healy’s edition for Whitechapel Gallery is an object developed from his video Lubricants & Literature, featured in The London Open 2018. The video features a boxing gym serviced by an oyster bar, with a view over the Hudson River, based on an architectural description taken from the writing of Rem Koolhaas.
The edition is made of three components, an oyster shucker, a woven lanyard and an individually numbered nickel plate. The oyster shucker, whilst for decorative purposes only, is conceived as sculpture or wearable object. Forged in steel, the shucker is painted in the same flesh pink as sculptural props and objects which populate the video’s highly charged environment. The woven lanyard bears the name Delirious Oyster Bar New York, and an individually numbered nickel plate evokes the keys to a locker room.
About the artist
Richard Healy (born 1980, London) works in a range of media including video, sculpture, installation and print. His practice considers the relationship between art and design, simultaneously referencing recognised design histories as well as creating unrealised ones. Through digital technology, Healy creates fictional spaces, often accompanied by stories or parables, encompassing objects and props that suggest gay male erotic possibilities
''Embodied through simulations of design, my practice frequently engages with digital technology as a means for artistic production and with the acts of labour that are obscured beneath the finish''
Healy studied MA Fine Art at the Royal College of Art 2006-2008 and BA Hons Interactive Art at Manchester Metropolitan University 2000-2003 and has received residencies from Acme Studios, Wysing Arts Centre and Kingston University. He lives and works in London.
Zodiac Beach, LRRH, Berlin, 2016; Now We Are Six, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, 2016; The Ultimate Vessel, Koppe Astner, Glasgow, 2016; Victor Hugo lost in Cherry Grove, Tenderpixel at Art International, Istanbul, 2015; Outside the Red House, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, 2015; Discusive Objects, WAH Gallery, Eindhoven, 2015; Blurred Edges: Non/Fiction, Seattle Art Museum*, Seattle (*as part of the Black Box Festival), 2015; The Best Tailor in Town, Hunt Kastner, Prague, 2015.
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