Sometimes the world can surprise us… one moment we are looking at something completely ordinary, even boring, and the next we realize it was nothing like we first perceived. Such is the work of artist Alex Chinneck. His strange sculptures use materials common to our everyday existence – bricks, mortar, glass – to create unusual and mind bending objects. Solitary sections of brick wall fold, crack and bend in impossible ways; broken window panes exactly repeat themselves in each frame of a large window; and a looping brick chimney puffs smoke and then sucks it back into its base. Nothing is quite as it seems.
While Chenneck’s work appears unusual enough in a gallery environment, it really takes on its shocking, surreal qualities when introduced into the outside world. In the case of his window piece, Telling the Truth Through False Teeth (2012), his work is given its full potential to surprise us… shattered window panes are common in the industrial environment, but what about 240 identically broken ones? It’s something you could easily miss, but if it catches your eye, it would have you scratching your head in wonder.
Ready to see more of Chenneck’s strange works? Head to alexchinneck.com.