Colin Booth, Sappho Glasses
who is gone, everywhere glory, become a voice and surely a sign
Engraved Jasper Morrison/Alessi glasses
Etched with fragments of text by the ancient Greek poet, Sappho, the set of four designer glass cups are fine, but robust wine glasses, ideal for displaying or drinking from.
Colin Booth combines, alters and re-contextualises found elements – of material, history and language – to form resonant new constellations of meaning. He moves things out of their utilitarian origins into new beings as objects of contemplation, and in so doing connects social and cultural aspects of past and present. He has, for example, used wooden blocks to engage with modernist architecture through its affinities with children’s play, cunningly building in the formative aspect of the Kindergarten movement on the childhood of several relevant architects; and has installed the shortest sentence in the Bible – ‘Jesus Wept’ – as an imposing neon sign in a socially disadvantaged neighbourhood, so relating an ancient phrase to modern conditions using current technology. Typically Booth combines an interest in underlying structures and communal agendas with an evocation of the personal matters which go on regardless of era or setting.
Colin Booth's work is featured in the newly released Thames & Hudson publication The WORD is Art by Michael Petry.
MOCA London exhibition catalogue: if not winter