Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Greg Woolley, 2008
acrylic mounted on laminated ply base
H 15.8 W 28.2 D 20.4cm
H 1.8 W 40 D 50cm
In his practice, James Angus questions traditional notions and forms of sculpture by playing with surface, scale and volume. His work ranges from the modest to the gigantic, revealing his ongoing interest in materials and process. Inspired by aspects of design, architecture and nature, he often duplicates existing objects, producing work that he has described as 'blunt and literal’. Some of his works also manifest distortion, as if subject to physical forces of one kind or another.
Dom-ino Colour Separation is one of a series of sculptures in the form of an architectual model. It plays with modernist architect Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-Ino, a post World War I design for cheap, modular housing.
In his transparent plexiglass sculpture, Angus has introduced a colour separation between the levels, creating a visual distortion akin to a mistake in the register of off-set colour print. This play on optics investigates aspects of perception and our experience of space and the built environment.
[I] examine structures, systems, ideologies and plans to see ‘how they fit’ when re-configured.