Edouard Martinet, Sladmore Contemporary, 32 Bruton Place, London W1, until 27th May 2016
French artist Edouard Martinet challenges our concept of insects through his sculptures created from bits of cast-off junk from a variety of sources, including car boot sales.
The result is remarkable and graceful. He screws the component parts* together rather than welding them and it usually takes him a month to complete a work. I am sure most will agree that his efforts are more than worthwhile.
*For example the components used for the dragonfly are:
ABDOMEN – bicycle pump
THORAX – four bike rear lights, two small car lights, big upholstery tacks, gas cap, ball furniture casters
HEAD – two old bike headlights, inside round sunglasses, shoe tree parts, parts of a daisy wheel for typewriter (hairs from the mouth), under the head parts of acetylene bike lights
LEGS – tubes, bike cable guide, wing nuts, cream chargers
WINGS – umbrella ribs, fencing wire, aluminium metal mesh