Domestic Erosion: Reading the Energy of Everyday Objects
English artist Tim Taylor investigates new ways to understand the banal objects in our daily lives as a way to expose their hidden or overlooked features and meanings. In “Domestic Erosion,” Taylor takes three familiar devices from the domestic sphere—a hair dryer, iron, and tea kettle—and allows them to take on a life of their own as energetic objects. After plugging in the devices, Taylor places them, respectively, in front of, on, and under a massive block of ice and films the interaction. In a sense, the objects “create” the artwork: their generic factory setting dictate the form and outcome of the piece. Taylor’s work not only highlights the hidden energy of our everyday objects, but proposes ways in which we might question our accepted understanding of their function and logic.