JULY 5 – AUGUST 15, 2012
LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY LONDON
EVEN A STOPPED CLOCK GIVES THE RIGHT TIME TWICE A DAY
curated by CURA.
William Cobbing (London, 1974) is the artist selected for the fourth edition of the Commercial Road Project, curated by cura., into the showcase of the London Metropolitan University, in London.
The work of William Cobbing quashes the notion of time, it can be a continuous and uninterrupted cycle or, like in this case, crystallized in a mechanical framework, in which the frozen image of a performance happened at the artist’s studio suggests a non-concluded but suspended action. The work “Even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day” (2012), which will be on show from July 5 to August 15 in the spaces overlooking the street of the London Metropolitan University, recalls Renato Bertelli’s work Profilo continuo del Duce [The Duce’s Continuous Profile] (1933), which freezes a semicircular motion, making it suggested, evoked, not real. An abstract, life-size silhouette of the artist, and modeled on his own figure, stands out against a large clay relief. The surface of the work, apparently damp, suggests the becoming of the process. The matter of the relief, modeled by the silhouette, embodies a becoming which finds its explanation and meaning in the temporal and temporary dimension. The creation is captured in the making, is temporarily frozen. The shape seems to emerge for a moment from the flow of things and the thrust of time.
In collaboration with Furini Arte Contemporanea