Late Economic Apocalypse Charm Necklace by Adam Cruickshank.
Adam Cruickshank’s creative practice interrogates the relationship between accepted ‘opposites’, formalism/functionalism, applied art/fine art, cultural history/short term gratification. This interrogation situates the work in a position of conceptual flux, a state where the hierarchies of definition become indistinct and interpretation becomes more open.
Repetition and temporality are prominent in Cruickshank’s Gratification Cables. As functional objects they have a fundamental use value but the process to construct these works enables them to exist on the convergence of design and art. The finite ‘art object’ is ignored through functionality and the mass produced ‘product’ is ignored through the creative exploration of material and process. These are artefacts that can change conceptually in a space when interacting with different surfaces and environments, oscillating between form, function and object.
Adam Cruickshank’s creative practice explores the dialogues between functionality and objecthood. He has an extensive exhibition profile both nationally and internationally including exhibitions at Craft Victoria and C3 Contemporary Art Space and his work was featured as part of the Vlaknaast initiative (art in public space) in Dordrecht, Holland. He is currently completing a Master of Fine Art at Monash University.