Sprays, Dusts & Aerosols: A Chemical Revolution
Between 2011 and 2014, artists Henrik Sundqvist and David D'Orio created several pieces inspired by the world of pesticides and industrial food cycles.
2011-13, 4'' x 4'' x 12'' (w/h/d) per bottle.; edition 3.
Cast aluminum, engraved hand blown glass, paper, etching, wire
2011-13, 4'' x 4'' x 12'' (w/h/d) per bottle; edition 3.
Cast aluminum, engraved hand blown glass, paper, silkscreen
Cloud, Cloud, Cloud
2013, 6'' x 15'' x 15'' (w/h/d) per bottle and sprayer; size varies slightly; edition 7.
Cast aluminum, engraved hand blown glass, silver foil
2013, 2ft x 3 ft x 2 ft per vessel with sprayer; edition 12
Silvered bottles, engraved, metal, wood, paint
Control — Out of Control
2012-13, 2 x 4 x 12 inches, per bottle, edition 140
Beeswax, paper, silkscreen
Size of installation varies.
About the Project
Herbicides, insecticides, neonicotinoids, fungicides and the list goes on. Has the use of chemicals helped modern society increase productivity? Has it helped protect crops, pollinators and livestock? Have they helped protect human health and the environment? Or have these creations had unintended consequences?
These artworks explore an alternative version of the world of chemicals, industrial food cycles and the effects of their usage on our surroundings. Combining printmaking, mixed media sculpture, metaphors, and narratives, the work explores ideas around protecting, destroying, and controlling nature and examines the world of corruptive forces such as market economies, politics and greed. Who profits from these chemical applications and who bears the burdens of their unintended impacts?