Dunhill and O’Brien attempted to put their studio waste to good use. This work comprised all the test pieces, mock ups and unused components from a 2-year period collected together and covered with thick layers of grey ‘tarmac scatter granules’ (as used for model railway scenery).
The 567 dusted objects, which varied in size from a few centimetres to 2 metres were assembled together on a tailor-made cart/display case. This collection of redundant and failed objects acted as a kind of thesaurus of sculptural dysfunction.
THE LOST WORKS
The Lost Works of Dunhill and O’Brien is a series of resin multiples in which the artists’ lost works have been remade in miniature and placed in imagined ‘idyllic’ settings. While they may at first glance resemble gift shop mementoes or souvenirs, they are probably more related in function to grave goods.
First shown in Hanover, Germany (alongside a food related ‘range’ that were sold in an Art Vending Machine), a group of these multiples were later displayed under clear acrylic boxes on a trailer as part of the installation ‘Souvenir’ at the Tithe Barn in Bradford-on-Avon, UK. (see Track)
THE LOST WORKS
From the exhibition PLOT at the Cable Street Gallery, 1998.
In their first ‘solo’ show Dunhill and O’Brien exhibited 2 new installations. The Lost Works consisted of 100 plasticene sculptures based on lost artworks and components from installations that they had each made prior to 1998 as individual artists. These small-scale sculptures based on ‘missing’ artworks made over a twenty-five-year period were presented on shelves, grouped together according to their shape and structure.
There wasn’t any indication of the context, scale, material or motivation behind the lost work, and no sign of which artist authored either the new lost work in plasticene or the original work on which it was based. The only background information offered to the viewer was a date written in pencil on the wall above each object, indicating the year in which the original was completed.
From the exhibition, PLOT at the Cable Street Gallery, London, 1998.
This first installation by Dunhill and O’Brien comprised a selection of stored and packaged artworks (from their previous solitary art practices) grouped together and covered with tailor made vinyl jackets.
The covers were labelled at either end with words selected from the titles of the concealed artworks and appeared to be instructions on how to view the work.