We all experience those moments where we want to look away but can’t. The anticipation of an inevitably bad outcome is both excruciating to behold as well as strangely compelling. Perhaps it is the lack of control we have in such a situation which makes this observation so compulsive, or simply the fact that we all secretly harbour desires to smash our finest crockery set! Either way, it is this fascination that partly informs the work of Ben Woodeson.
Ranging from a vase of billiard balls, to a delicately poised pane of glass, Woodeson positions objects in a variety of situations where they are always a second away from disaster. As Woodeson explains, the work is as much about the viewers reaction, as it is the objects itself;
“The sculptures have the potential to spin, roll, wobble, fall, flick, collapse, shatter and even ignite… but when? The possibility of any actual activity being observed depends purely on chance and patience. The control systems are random and automatic; deliberately set to challenge and tease a viewer’s attention span. Threatened ripples of consequence are sent throughout the sculptures and audience alike. “
If you can stand to witness the outcome of some of his most recent attempts to agitate and amaze, a selection are currently on show in Retrospex at London’s Elevator Gallery.