Dear Carl is a study in material philosophy, a series of works that rely on the material properties of used bricks. Bricks refer to the materialities of existence and to the lives which shape and are shaped by them. A used brick has a human and material history, traces of which are visible as ‘imperfections’: coloration, roughness, mortar, paint, variations in shape and size. These are sensory rather than abstract qualities, referring to conditions of existence rather than ideals. The series invites viewers to consider the relationship of form to ideal, and of experience to abstraction.
Right: David Papadopoulos
Dear Carl: Studies in Material Philosophy (Equivalent I), 2003