The artwork is two objects, one reminiscing of a coat hanger and the other a night table. The work is concerned with the liveliness of objects around us and our relationship with them. It also explores concepts of technology and anthropomorphism.
Living in Montreal, Theo Leimgruber is a sculptor working mostly with wood and electronics. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, Theo will pursue his woodworking interests by attending l’école des métiers du meubles.
My practice revolves around giving life to different objects I make. These objects I choose are based on everyday objects or machines. I mainly work in sculpture, sometime kinetic, sometimes not, but I always try to give a sense of movement to my work. I mainly reproduce recognizable objects or machines in different materials, but modifying them and making them function in a different way than originally intended. I also try to give the objects I reproduce a sense of
zoomorphism or anthropomorphism. So whether the sculptures I create are kinetic or not, I try to activate them in some way. As I modify the objects I create, I give them attributes that references
to the world of living things. For example, I often give legs or arms to my objects. By giving a sense of life, I hope to create a stronger relationship between the sculpture and the viewer. The idea of zoomorphism or anthropomorphism is interesting to me because I like to think of sculptures as objects that evolved into living things. They are not to be seen as robots that were made by humans, but as objects that evolved into human or animal-like features through
evolution and time.
With my work I attempt to create a sense of dystopia. The word dystopia is often associated with a world dominated by a very specific type of robots. This robot is usually very brutal and extremely performant. But I like to think that the world might be troubled by something totally different than what we are used to think. Today a lot of objects are becoming motorized, for example, we see more and more desks that can go up and down, according to the owners desire.
What if this was the first robots that would turn on us… All of a sudden these desks could start to move up and down continuously never letting its owner use them. This is something I try to
make transpire through my sculptures. Their sense of life also leads to believe that they could start working against us. I try to create a dystopia by choosing objects that are created to help us and that, in their normal situation, look harmless. But I sculpt in way that gives the impression that they have a mind of their own, and that they might just be here to please themselves.