Jo Duggan: Material at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery

….With an egalitarian approach to materials, Duggan combines recycled and reflective metals with reclaimed wood, cast concrete and moulded plaster to create sculptural constructions through assemblage and juxtaposition. The salvaging of materials, which are often re-appropriated from other artists’ studios, follows in a lineage of postmodernist or Arte povera approaches by reusing humble, everyday and throwaway materials. The structures he has assembled come from multiple references: forms that we encounter through urban/rural architectures; figuration; troupes from art- historical predecessors. These objects and their foundations become metaphors that reveal but also confound any sense of knowing or familiarity. (Extract from text)

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