Concrete 64 – Russell Coleman & Rob Walton

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Concrete, porcelain from two urinals, ground spoil from china clay quarries, coffee cup and other

Concrete 64 is an answer to a question not asked at a symposium which didn’t happen and which was not attended by Duchamp. Or Magritte. The text, celebrating Duchamp’s interest in typography, aims to make the viewer/reader think about the materials used and the words chosen. It also refers to the fact that a number of influential twentieth century artists are conflated in the minds of the public. Does this matter? The art is more important than the artist, isn’t it? The text plays with the understanding of pissoir: not a urinal at all, but the ‘shield’ for a urinal. To many English-speakers, because it contains the Anglo-Saxon ‘piss’, it is assumed to be a urinal. Duchamp played with language/s, an area in which some consider the English to be piss-poor.

The text asks the viewer to consider whether the urinal is still there. If it is broken and re-assembled in a dierent physical form, can it still be considered a urinal in any sense?

Duchamp loved a pun – and we have used a contemporary or current pun. It draws attention to the use of the porcelain urinals, but also to the use of concrete as a material to be used by artists and makers. We aim to promote its qualities.

Could we have moved any further away from a readymade?

Have you seen our bike wheel?

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