Peggy Taylor Reid  
 Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto Ontario

Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto Ontario

 Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto Ontario

Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto Ontario

Form follows (dis)function are Archival Pigment prints of varying sizes printed on matte paper. They are a result from years of collapsing boxes for trash and recycling. I am enamoured with the variety of modern packaging designs, particularly the irregular shapes packaging creates when dismantled and laid flat. Interested in their physical form and ingenuity of construction, form follows (dis)function reflects on the social and political implications of the objects themselves: waste, over-abundance, expediency, and a culture of disposable products. The containers reveal their formalist-like structures after they are de-constructed, retaining traces of their former functions through the presence of stains and torn edges.

Disassembling physical objects, unraveling their forms into altered and unordinary compositions, reveals how their beauty is connected to hidden typological systems. Typologies record a moment in time, but also prompt the viewer to consider the subject’s place in the world.  By integrating elements of humour and irony the work goes beyond the purely formal. I believe  that with the knowledge of impending ecological crises, our sensitivity towards the natural environment is increasing. My exploration of the traces and shadows of objects within our physical environment reveal images that are poetic in their reflection of the hidden complexity of items and elements in the world. Our relationship to objects reflects a phenomenological enquiry into the core of our humanity.