Name Amon First

Standard Kitchen, 2017

Lava rock
180 x 75 x 75 cm
Edouard Malingue, Hong Kong, Shanghai

Addressing the notion of an archeology of the present, João Vasco Paiva presents an enigmatic life-size replica of a modular kitchen that encourages interaction. In removing the structure from its domestic context and placing it in the public realm, he addresses our existent relationship with ordinary spaces, especially those that are generally associated with bringing people together. João Vasco Paiva collaborated with artisans in east Bali who still use the traditional method of carving large Batu Chandi stones. The installation is an expression of the artist’s interest in analysing the structures of contemporary life, whilst placing particular emphasis on the sum of human activities, from the ordained to the ordinary.

Courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery and the artist

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