Artwork as exhibited at The Centre for Alternative Technology 2013
Completed artwork exhibited at CAT 2013. Beech. 120cm * 100cm
Completed artwork exhibited at CAT 2013. Oak. 55cm * 40cm
Completed artwork exhibited at CAT 2013. Oak. 80cm * 85cm
Residency studio at The Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
Beech lump for 'nsulator, being up-righted for shaping prior to going on the lathe
'nsulator 1 work in progress
'nsulator 1 work in progress
'nsulator 1 completed. Spalted Beech. 120 cm x 90 cm. 2012
'nsulator 1 end view detail
'nsulator 1 spalted beech. 120 cm x 90 cm. 2012
'nsulator 1 spalted beech. 120 cm x 90 cm. 2012
Circumpixel work in progress. Beech. 110 cm x 95 cm. 2012
Circumpixel work in progress. Beech. 110 cm x 95 cm. 2012
Circumpixel work in progress. Beech. 110 cm x 95 cm. 2012
Circumpixel work in progress. Beech. 110 cm x 95 cm. 2012
Duh plug 1 Beech. 108 cm x 45 cm. 2012
Duh plug 2 Beech. 108 cm x 45 cm. 2012
Duh plug 1-3 assemblage. 2012
'nsulator 1 – 3 assemblage. 2012
is-valve 2spalted beech 165 x 106 cm. 2012
is-valvework in progress. Beech. 2012
is-valvework in progress. Beech. 2012
Arts Council Wales

Artist in Residence

Danny May | Centre for Alternative Technology | 2012 - 2014

This residency and it's exhibition was informed by the artificial shapes we now see all around us. I considered the idea of these synthetic icons as being the nature of the future. In particular the shapes that stand out in our landscape such as pylons and buildings, are only the obvious parts of a now universally managed and controlled world. What now is truly natural?

I chose to limit my sculpture making tools to a self-built woodturning lathe. This forces symmetry onto the raw material of wood. And so, in removing the disorder, does it improve the natural appeal of the material?

These sculptures also portray the distinction between a things purpose and how it communicates that purpose. For example, the function of insulators on pylons is to protect us from electrical shock. Yet their shape has also come to symbolise the opposite, transmission of that energy. - A pylon may be to a bird as good as a tree. Similarly here I am sculpting the concept of conveying communication. The satellite dish and antennae have purpose. Coincidentally they also visually simulate the ear, the mouth and tongue of language. For consuming and spreading ideas.