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Nik Ramage

Nik Ramage

Nik Ramage makes work that alters the familiar, tinkers with the domestic and toys with function.

Machines made for industrial or domestic use are generally designed to be labour-saving and efficient, the machines Nik Ramage creates, however, forego utilitarian functionality in favour of futility, uncertainty and fragility. 'His Contraptions of Distinction' series are assembled from components that were designed for another purpose, often utilising elements that are slightly damaged or completely run down. Some of the machines work relentlessly at their task like an almost useful tool, while others have more hesitant actions and seem to struggle under their own load. This is technology from the shadows, absurd, paradoxical and at times completely comical.

"Bentwood Gap is the most recent addition to a series of chairs, each robbed of their supporting role and thrown into instability: the stable made precarious". - Nik Ramage 2009