Untitled (every step is moving me up)

2015
Insulation styrofoam, Incandescent bulb, Energy-saving bulb, Led bulb, Aluminium honeycomb, Steel
300 x 120 x 183 cm
Edition of 1

Piotr Lakomy's work often engages with human scale, and its relation to objects and architecture, using it as a framework to inform decisions. Untitled (every step is moving me up) is his most ambitious work to date. The piece invites visitors to pass through it, acting as both a tunnel and as a visual metaphor for transformation. Illuminated internally by three generations of light bulb, each marking a point in which the ceiling gets higher, creating a sense of evolution. It is comprised of raw industrial materials, such as panelled sheeting and insulation foam that are specifically lightweight and seemingly futuristic. Inherently the work speaks optimistically of progression. Untitled (every step is moving me up) might be perceived as Lakomy’s response to a perceived cultural shift away from our reliance on mass production, and suggestive of a more harmonious, or at least more considered, relationship between humans, the urban landscape and modern technology.

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About The Artist

Piotr Lakomy’s practice incorporates the use of raw industrial materials. His application of base materials such as insulation, aluminium, light fittings allude to a visual austerity. Many works seem to plainly reference minimalism, yet when faced with these works the human labour is laid bare, the aluminium plates have been bent and folded into existence by hand. Lakomy’s work investigates degradation, transformation, and the active and inert. Reflecting on our connections with our surroundings, his sculptures might be described as ruined monuments to these conflicting relationships. Whilst they are seemingly devoid of a human presence, there remains a subtle anthropometric quality to his compositions; the dimensions frequently relate to the proportions of the body, and his use of elements such as light, heat and mirrored surfaces – made using automotive spray paint on aluminium sheets – allude to, or reflect, the figure. Frequently creating areas of negative space that rely on the participation of the viewer in inhabiting areas of the installation, Lakomy negotiates the varied complexities and simplicities of urban living with his thoughtful and often humorous works.

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Piotr Lakomy

Born: 1983