Iris SiYi Shen
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Provocative, uncanny and organic are a few adjectives used to describe Benjamin Armstrong’s sculptures. This applies to his new exhibition The Shape of Things to Come. However, none of these words can explain the ambiguity that is inherent throughout his sculptural practice, from early objects of pointy, conical shape to later rounded domes with fleshy wax material.
As reading is an important part of Armstrong’s working process, perhaps the ambiguity of his objects is a window that allows open interpretation, similar to books. Therefore, time became a dimension that factors into the reading of the object. The longer the viewer observes, the more its meaning unfolds.