ARRGH! or History Shown Through Frustrated People
Through assemblages of defunct currency, discarded photographs, and long-forgotten illustrations, Silas Plum challenges the idea of objective vs. subjective value. He believes strongly in the tired old maxim that the true value of an object is more than the sum of its parts, that the gut is a truth-teller, and that the Aristotelian notion of learning-by-doing is the best teacher around. Website: www.silasplum.com, Twitter: @silasplum
"The question of value underpins everything. A decent meal. A romantic partner. Expressing vulnerability in an unfamiliar way. The right brand of rechargeable batteries. In every consideration, from the mundane to the profound, a risk/reward ratio is calculated.
My work expresses and quantifies the subtle and insidious nature of constant calculation. By the conscious re-purposing of formerly valuable objects, be they currency from failed governments, or illustrations that have fallen so far from artistic and monetary value as to be in the public domain, I provide a new context. This re-contextualization, from simple integration into color fields to elaborate new collage action scenes, give fresh life and value to each formerly dead object. Value is reassessed, and the reflexive and endless cycle continues."