Jeremy Millar

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Assemblage I

Painted wooden structure; obsidian; two-way mirror perspex; lampshade taken from Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; fire-glow bulb; dawn-dusk lighting controller; Johnson's Baby Powder; 1.8x2x1.8m

A new work made for 'The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art' at Tate St Ives, that continues my interest in the relationship between conceptual art and forms of ritual, such as magic. In the work, a greatly-enlarged version of one of Sol LeWitt's Five Modular Structures (1975) acts as a display system for a series of other elements including a smalll sculpture made of obsidian placed upon two-way mirror perspex, and Johnson's Baby Powder, as worn by warriors on the Papua New Guinean island of Kiriwina during certain rituals. The whole structure is lit by a lampshade previously used at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
This is part of an ongoing series of works that seek to create objects that possess an agency themselves; objects as forms of event.

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