Bad Moon

Michael Samuels

21 April 2003

Mixed media: table and electronics 75 x 50 x 40 cm. Courtesy: Colección privada, Reino Unido.

In Bad Moon we see a miniature floodlit car park with one solitary car built upon an everyday wooden table. As the viewer closes in on the miniature signs are given which alert of an impending risk, hazard lights flash and police signs tell of missing persons. The carefully selected unassuming domestic objects sit uncomfortably with the perilous and something that is decidedly unsettling.

In this body of work Samuels evokes a misshapen utopian realm, his use of scale, narrative and found materials throw each other into stark contrast and question the true nature of these settings, which Samuels places parasitically on second-hand and discarded domestic objects.