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    Sale 11960

    First Open | London

    14 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 64

    Elmgreen & Dragset (B. 1961 & B. 1969)

    Broken Clock / Powerless Structures, Fig. 245

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    Elmgreen & Dragset (B. 1961 & B. 1969)
    Broken Clock / Powerless Structures, Fig. 245
    aluminium, painted steel and plastic clock mechanism, in two parts
    (i) 28 x 14 x 1 ½in. (71.3 x 35.6 x 4cm.)
    (ii) 28 x 18 x 1 ½in. (71.3 x 45.7 x 4cm.)
    (2)Executed in 2001

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    In 1995 Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset began to collaborate what has since become a wide range of thought-provoking works and installations which blend together the categories of art, architecture and design. In a series of projects entitled Powerless Structures (1995-2002), the artists transform the meaning of objects and spaces by re-contextualizing the familiar and creating alternative behaviour patterns. Broken Clock (2001) is a wonderful example from the series in which Elmgreen and Dragset attempt to alter the conventional function of the object to establish new and intriguing possibilities. The seamless crack that shatters the clock into two fragments transforms it into a fictional entity, disrupting its traditional purpose. As the artists explain, ‘We prefer to create art works which can function on various levels and can be read from different angles’ (M. Elmgreen and I. Dragset, quoted in A. Beitin, ‘The Appearance of the Demiurges’, in P. Weibel and A. Beitin (ed.), Elmgreen & Dragset: Trilogy, London 2011, p. 63). Much of their artistic approach is based on the philosophy of Michel Foucault, investigating the behavioural patterns that determine human action and activity in society. Broken Clock is a strong example of the duo’s masterful creativity in assigning new definition to the familiar.

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    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Elmgreen & Dragset, This is the First Day of My Life, Ostfildern 2008 (illustrated in colour, p.299).