Blossfeldt Station I, II and Dropped Signal

Blossfeldt Station I, II and Dropped Signal

Blossfeldt Station I, II and Dropped Signal

Blossfeldt Station I, II and Dropped Signal

Blossfeldt Station I, II and Dropped Signal

Tom Palmer

A reinterpretation of gothic reliquary boxes, topped by biomorphic ariels instead of ornate spires, but still created using traditional silversmithing techniques. These boxes suggest a sacred meaning or ritual use, raising the question of whether they are naive renderings of contemporary technology transmitting or receiving? Do they sit listening to our communicated desires or broadcast wishes from the beyond?

Despite its primitive appearance and haphazard surface, the rubber is in fact an advanced high performance coating, taken from the aerospace and automotive industries, where it is prized for its durability and sound deadening properties. This surface also coats the ariels, which appear to have emerged and grown out of the boxes, like some odd flower, rendering previously resonant forms mute.

The boxes pay homage to the german photographer Karl  and his seminal book Urformen der Kunst in which his closeup architectural photographs of plants formed one of the key references in the development of Biomorphism.


I: Box H27 / W32 / D20  H with spire 118cm     /     II: Box H30 / W26 / D26 H with spire 122cm

Dropped Signal: Box H27 / L62 / D20


This group was created in response to the concept of Transfiguration (a curatorial theme for a group show presented at Collect 2018) through the conceit of an imagined indigenous society with their own belief system and art forms, imagining how they might interpret contemporary communication technology. The viewer is left to query the provenance of these pieces, were they traded, excavated or looted? Is this society from the old world or new? Either way, this society’s use of advanced materials demonstrates a level of sophistication that shows that these pieces are relatively contemporary, or suggests the uncomfortable idea that they could be the relics of a fallen society after some form of cataclysm.

Each work suggests some form of ritual use or meaning and reference: Bronze Age Bactrian idols, the architecture of Gaudi, the photographs of Karl Blossfeldt, the sound sculptures of Harry Bertoia, and contemporary communication technology.