Corban Walker, Please adjust, RHA, 13 January – 29 April 2012
Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012
Back from his success at the 2011 Venice Art Biennale, where his installation at the Irish Pavilion attracted over 60,000 visitors, Corban Walker shows Please Adjust at the RHA Gallery, Dublin from 13 January to 29 April. Corban Walker, who graduated from NCAD in 1992, is an artist known for his investigations of perceptions of scale and architectural constructs. At the height of four-feet tall, the artist’s personal relationship between self and the built environment is fundamental to the way he defines and develops his work.
Please Adjust,the largest work, comprises 176 interlocking stainless steel cube frames. As the title suggests the configuration which is subject to alteration at each installation questions the notion of sculpture as a constant stable form. The title also references the enormous economic crisis that has affected nearly every country since 2008, Ireland in particular, and how we as individuals may have to adjust expectations and positions. Just as each unit in this sculpture depends on the other for stability, individuals are all subject to the consequences of one action against another and exterior forces beyond our control.
The vinyl drawing, on the window of the RHA Atrium, involves Walker’s response to his experience of the built environment and also plays with mathematical rules and principles, both common themes in his work. It is a visual game of sorts whereby the artist begins with a black vinyl square of 60mm and projects this square, successively reducing it by half its own dimension until it becomes almost invisible, hence the title Transparent Wall.