Pedestals Stacked & Balanced
existing plywood pedestals

These works enact a number of subtle physical reversals of use and thought that are characteristic of Eatock's practice. First among these is the act of creating sculpture out of plinths designed to display sculpture. The smallest “box” at the bottom of each stack is actually all the viewer is able to see of the tallest, narrowest pedestal, on top of which two other pedestals are suspended. The illusion of stacking—and the attendant lateral, horizontal freedom of movement one assumes with this activity—is replaced by a sense of hanging or draping. The resulting abstract figures speak the language of modernist abstraction manifest in the constructivism of El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich. They also reference the the cantilevered forms of Marcel Breuer’s Whitney Museum as well as the Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA’s design for The New Museum. Richard Torchia