Visitors to Daniel Eatock’s upcoming exhibition One + One will face all these questions and more, with the show exploring unexpected connections between seemingly random objects – one and one making two.
Fittingly the show itself takes two different strands and juxtaposes them (seamlessly).
So the first element is a series of photographs shot by Eatock, of two objects uniting or clashing. A horse and a sheep are pictured together in Friends while a radiator and a cooling fan lie next to each other in Winter & Summer. All these scenarios, Eatock says, are natural and unposed.
For the show’s second strand, Eatock has created a series of installations, where two objects are brought together – the watermelon in the swimming cap, a basketball in a goldfish bowl, a lipstick balancing on a Pritt stick.
Eatock says, ‘I wanted to create scenarios that relied on the viewer to make their own interpretation.’
The show will launch with 12 of these works, and new combinations will develop as gallery visitors are encouraged to rearrange a series of found objects to make new combinations.
Intriguingly, Eatock says the idea for the One + One project came about two years when he was working a rebrand pitch for BBC2 alongside Devilfish.
Eatock says, ‘We wanted to explore the idea of two in a non-literal way, avoiding the use of logos and numbers.’
The BBC obviously liked the idea as, having won the pitch, Eatock is now working on research projects for the channel. Watch this space…
One + One is at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 2QJ, from 8 February-31 March.