Adam Cruickshank, Ikea Lagerphone, 2010.
Adam Cruickshank has two works in Weapons of Mass Consumption. Both of them have intrigued viewers with the comments often being: "is the light real? how many metres of extension cord is in it?" for the nightlight installation and "gee, the artist must of drunk alot of beer!" for the Ikea Lagerphone.
Using techniques of sculptural assemblage and repetitive craft-based processes, Adam Cruickshank takes standardized objects produced from automated systems and reworks them into new items of art work. The work Ikea Lagerphone, utilizes a purchased Ikea chair, modified with many bottle tops reminiscent of the musical instrument. The mass produced chair now has a new function.
"My practice involves sculptural assemblage, installation, drawing, painting, printmaking and aspects of performance. In general it involves a critical engagement with the systems and hierarchies of contemporary culture. It often involves a sense of humour and investigates slippage points between two opposing concepts; hand-made and mass-produced, old and new (etc) in order to force meaning into flux."
Adam Cruickshank is a Melbourne-based artist working across a broad range of media and installation techniques. Having worked as an art director and designer in advertising and magazines, the corporate manipulation of culture is central to much of his artistic practise. The dialogic nature of his approach attempts to question hierarchical definitions of fine and so-called ‘applied art’ practices. Cruickshank attended the Queensland College of Art in the early 90’s and was involved with various Brisbane artist run spaces of that time. He has lived in London, Berlin, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
You can check out Adam's website at www.adamcruickshank.com