Cabinets #7

Martin Westwood’s installations, sculptures and collages refer to the stratified world of commerce and its mass produced objects. He selects images of people at work engaged in mundane activities, taken from corporate brochures, which are appropriated and repositioned through the use of mechanised processes. By foregrounding corporate iconography, Westwood examines the codified absurdity of the workplace with its well-rehearsed and repetitive actions and exchanges: emptied public gestures that filter through to the private world of the individual, tainting and marring every intimacy. Westwood’s depiction scenes from the work place always suggest something repressed which remains hidden, where a hand shake ceases to be a gesture of friendly greeting, becoming a hollow form of systematic communication.

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