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WILLIAM BUTTON
JAY WILLIAM SLYCE

Thursday 17th - Monday 21st
February 2022


︎ Press Release
William Button’s work looks at how we create apparatus to order our environments, so as to maintain the illusion of understanding the world around us. He is interested by the hard edged taxonomic processes of archaeology; Particularly the use of scales in the meticulous documentation of found lithic objects. These scales which intend to contextualise the objects practical applications, serve only to remove their traditional functions, turning them into tools for deciphering an understanding of our past and the world we come from. Button was born in North Yorkshire, spending most of his childhood amongst the structured arable fields, wild moors and ancient woodlands that litter the north of England.

Jay William Slyce holds a practice orientated around the notion of what he has termed the ‘Thrown Away’. These are objects that have had a first existence after being produced, used, stored and then a second existence when discarded. When the Thrown Aways are discarded they enter a new realm–they are symptoms of the system that we live in (late-Capitalism). The use of these thrown away and discarded materials allows him as an artist to mimic the degraded world that capitalism bestows through its commodities and detritus. It is at the point of discarding when the object becomes of interest to him. The materialist history of the objects is an interest to him as it can reveal time expressed through processes of aging, rusting, cracking, and breaking. The work operates at once as a critique of Capitalism, but also allows for a conversation to emerge concerning our singular role within the system and our own problems of consumption.




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Monday Nov 5 2018

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