In 1966, the psychologist James J. Gibson coined the term ‘affordance’. An affordance is the perceived possibilities of a material thing. One wonders what he would make of Will Cruikshank’s new exhibition, SILO, currently on show at FOLD gallery.

Cruikshank takes found objects - looms, bicycle wheels, pots and pans - and utterly transforms them. It is a sort of craft-constructivism, whereby the intended use of a tool or material is upended and it is reformed as a sculpture.

Large Bookmatched Slab No. 5 (2019)

He began by cutting into a log affixed to a cement mixer with a chainsaw, a rudimentary form of wood turning. And then started to incorporate thread, yarn and other appliances used for weaving and winding into his practice.

The resulting artworks, produced over the last four years in his Epping studio, make up the exhibition.

Spliced Spindle Series 2: No. 14 (2019)

Plaster and thread has been water carved to form symmetrical slabs that look almost like butterfly wings, spindles have been cut open to reveal their woolen insides and geometric weavings hang from the walls.

His artwork blurs the assumed boundaries between man- and machine- made. More than simply recontextualising objects, Cruikshank has recontextualised processes.

SILO is currently on show at FOLD Gallery 158 New Cavendish St, Fitzrovia W1W 6YW

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