A lot of artwork needs an audience and rests on fragile social or circumstantial conditions to build meaning. Ordinary Objects does not. Shirley’s installation is rigid, square, plumb, and absolute. The exhibition renders a contemplative spatial deconstruction, a remembered space rebuilt to destroy the vagueness of memory and description.
Perhaps the greatest potential for sculpture lies in the notion that sculpture is made of matter. Materials do not have opinions; instead they retain actual, undeniable physical properties. In Shirley’s work, these material truths both resist and resonate with more illusive social or personal ideas of truth.
~ Trevor King
images courtesy of the author and gallery