VOORWERPEN

Take The Hint! Lung Ashtray by Dan W Griffin

Objex or Voorwerpen - these are not sculptures but conversations, interpretations and transformations.

They are pieces of curiosity and intrigue perhaps to be considered, but certainly enjoyed.

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DEEP SEA ALIEN CRUSTACEAN MUTATION PURPOSEFUL SENTIENT BEING

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TAKE THE HINT!

LUNG ASHTRAY

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ARCTURION WAR

BASKET

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ODE

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IT'S NOT THE YEARS, IT'S THE MILEAGE

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Deep Sea Alien Crustacean Mutation Sentient Purposeful Being
Deep Sea Alien Crustacean Mutation Sentient Purposeful Being
Deep Sea Alien Crustacean Mutation Sentient Purposeful Being
Deep Sea Alien Crustacean Mutation Sentient Purposeful Being
Deep Sea Alien Crustacean Mutation Sentient Purposeful Being

'Deep Sea Alien Crustacean Mutation Sentient Purposeful Being' - or Roger, as he's sometimes known - is a creature from the depths of an ocean on a far away world... or at least that's the way I like to think of him. 

I found him alone and abandoned and brought him home. 

I really do not know what he is.  He has the shape of a mangled branch, yet to the touch there is nothing wooden about it.  He is almost antler or horn-like material, and yet his shape gives nothing away.

No matter.  He is loved.  And that's what's important.

 
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Ode to Warhol Can by Dan W Griffin

I have long been an admirer of what is commonly known as pop art, the art movement that emerged in the UK and the US during the mid- to late-1950s. 

The movement presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane mass-produced objects.

I appreciate the reference to the mundane, however it is more the colours that interest me, and the relationship we have with them.

My 'Ode to Warhol' is a nod to his art and to the movement as a whole.

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Arcturion War Basket by Dan W Griffin
Arcturion War Basket by Dan W Griffin

I like to think of the Arcturion War Basket as an ancient relic of a lost civilisation, perhaps from another planet or even an alternative dimension.

I think of them as a proud and civilised people, but fierce, and feared.

They aren't, because they don't exist in this reality.  It just felt like a bit of fun.

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Arcturion War Basket by Dan W Griffin
Arcturion War Basket by Dan W Griffin
 
 
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Take The Hint! Lung Ashtray by Dan W Grffin
Take The Hint! Lung Ashtray by Dan W Grffin

I was a smoker for many years until I quit the morning I learned I had a shadow on my lung.  I quit immediately. 

I had attempted to quit before, but I was battling a twenty-plus year addiction and I struggled. 

Oddly, it turns out the cause of my particular terminal cancer was something else; it had nothing to do with my having been a long-term and now ex-smoker.  

My 'Take The Hint!' Lung Ashtray was actually my first ever product design to be realised and become a 'thing'.  There are few still in existence today, but very, very few.

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I have probably watched the movie, 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' at least a hundred times.

It is my go-to adventure movie, alongside my go-to comedy movies, 'the Life of Brian' and 'National Lampoon's Vacation'.

'It's not the years, it's the mileage' is my tribute to the movie; a nod to the character of Indiana Jones, but also a shout-out to the adventurer, and to the hero in you all.

'It's not the years, it's the mileage' by Dan W Griffin
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