Standing Under This Pitchfork Work of Art Is Dangerous Business
A pitchfork doesn’t really construe as a work of art, let alone 300 of them. But well-known for his oil paintings, Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch has expanded his portfolio to include The Crusher. This installation is part of the 14th Factory project in which he transformed a Los Angeles warehouse into an art exhibition.
Among the many other works that are part of the 14th Factory project, the Crusher is among the most notorious. It’s setting is no calming either. IT’s located in a dilapidated whitewashed room with the 300 pitchforks pointing downwards. The most daring of visitors can go underneath and contemplate the fragility of life if they want to. Instagram users didn’t shy away from the pitchfork installation either, eager to show the world how the dangerous ends of hundreds of prongs look like suspended from the ceiling.
To those familiar with the artist’s other works, theCrusher might seem like an odd addition to his predominantly portrait portfolio. But according to him, he is currently exploring other creative avenues, particularly in film and installations. All of these go outside of his usual oil painting works. In the end, it’s up to the public to decide whether the pitchfork installation does the job and whether Simon Birch is headed in the right direction.
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