Melbourne-based artist Robbie Rowlands manipulates and distorts unexpected spaces in these surreal sculptures. In his work, he bends and twists everyday items, pieces of outdoor landscapes, and sections of interior buildings that have been either condemned or are scheduled for renovations, and refigures them into these creative distortions.
There is a precision and symmetry to all of the pieces, as he tears up strips of floorboards, bends pieces of wall, or twists the pole of a street sign into a snake-like shape. His bio explains that his manipulated objects and space “blur the boundaries between our fabricated world and the natural world.” The destructive nature of tearing up floors and walls allows viewers to visualize the old space and contemplate and reinterpret the new scene. Philsopher Martin Heidegger says that, “It is only when things break down that we become aware of them, seeing them with fresh eyes.”