Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Gifts


Vacuum 

Vacuum and stainless steel bow

© Laurent La Gamba, 2016

 

Computer Processing Unit, CPU, Computer Unit and stainless steel bow 

© Laurent La Gamba, 2016

 

Laptop 

Laptop and stainless steel bow

© Laurent La Gamba

2016



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About the project



The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder gifts series plays on the contrast between the symbolic gift mode in Western society and a selection of various objects from consumer society. Thus the artist creates a sense of nostalgia and embarrassment/guilt.

 

With this series the artist toys with the idea that it is easier to offer gifts that flatter the O.C.D. tendency rather than anything else and so he shapes moments of everyday life which in modern society illustrate and encourage this tendency towards compulsion in many ways. 

"Pandemonium of Versatile Objects"

 

The Obsessive-compulsive Disorder gifts 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")