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Matt Calderwood’s Sculptures Prove That “Not Everything Unbalanced Is Unbeautiful”

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Irish visual artist Matt Calderwood is known for his outlandish balancing sculptures; his series ‘Found Objects’ is a collection of carefully poised possessions that challenge the notions of tension, instability, and equilibrium.

Calderwood, who is also known for his hazardous performance art, relies on counterbalance and friction to keep his works standing. He transforms household items such as sports equipment, gardening tools, crockery, ladders, and buckets, into improbable conceptual sculptures. The works below were part of a group exhibition that posed antonym pairings: balance versus unbalanced, starting versus stopping, and work versus play. The contradictory nature of the theme aimed to challenge the definition of dualism. As the exhibition statement explained, Calderwood’s work is a reminder that “In art, as in life, not everything unbalanced is unbeautiful.”

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All images © Matt Calderwood