Mourning bows


Gas mask

Gaz mask and stainless steel bow 

© Laurent La Gamba, 2016

Stillborn child rocking horse gift

Rocking horse and stainless steel bow

© Laurent La Gamba, 2016

Orthopaedic corset

Orthopedic corset and stainless steel bow

© Laurent La Gamba. 2016



Landmine detector

Landmine detector and stainless steel bow

© Laurent La Gamba, 2016

Gas mask

Gaz mask and stainless steel bow 

© Laurent La Gamba, 2016

Orthopaedic corset

Orthopedic corset and stainless steel bow

© Laurent La Gamba, 2016



Context

About the project



The series Mourning bows  plays on the ambiguity of the idea of gifts by diverting their colour codes (black knots) and juxtaposing them with objects that possess morbid and deadly connotations.

 

 

"Pandemonium of Versatile Objects"

 

The Mourning bows series is one facet of  "Pandemonium of Versatile Objects".

 

Laurent La Gamba’s most recent project is a series of sculptures/ installations. Entitled Pandemonium of Versatile Objects this project explores mass production and consumerism and the role they play in formulating memories and identity, through the visual coding of celebratory gift bows.

 

The Pandemonium of Versatile Objects series began in 2016 and is divided into several chapters. It plays on the precariousness, the obsolescence of objects and their possible regeneration through art. Producing a highly aestheticized and tuned down vision made of glossy paper and shiny ribbons, which often evoke both childhood and pleasure but also mass production and consumer society at large; this project also, depending on the works, conveys a deep feeling of embarrassment and discomfort (e.g "Anti-gifts series" or "Mourning bows series")