Ben Long Builder Character in the framework after Leger or A Portrait of the Great Travelling Artist as a Young Man 2020

 

Builder, Character in the framework (after
Leger) or: A Portrait of the Great Travelling
Artist as a Young Man, 2020
Oil on cradled wood, 170 x 122 cm

Scaffolding components, materials commonly used within the construction industry, are repurposed to create sculptural form. Despite their monumental scale, Scaffolding Sculptures may be dismantled to become new artworks at a later stage. This state of semi-permanence remains true to the intended function of modular scaffolding. Viewed chronologically as

 

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a series they demonstrate Long's ambition to continually progress in this unconventional medium. Just as a child plays with a simple building system such as Lego or Mechano, taking components apart and re-building on a whim, it is the continual development of Scaffolding Sculptures that takes precedence over any one complete artwork.