To mark the launch of the new Editions section on minimalux.com co-founder, Mark Holmes was invited to produce a series of artworks. Common Parts is the result of a brief to only use existing materials and pre-made forms found within his immediate environment, together with unrestricted access to the contents of the Minimalux component shelves. Familiar industrially made product parts are subsequently removed from their original functional context and combined with concrete bricks to create objects that playfully reference elements of brutalism and minimalist art.
Design Inspired Objects
The connection of precision made Minimalux components to rough uneven concrete surfaces has been engineered with a level of accuracy that belies the juxtaposition, delivering a formal sharpness that does justice to the main thread that unites the series. All editions within Common Parts refer to a milestone period in 20th Century design, fuelled by the evolution of audio-visual consumer electronics by the likes of Braun and Kodak. Each of the artworks characterfully mimic in both scale and form the classic products developed during this time and are named accordingly.
A fitting item to begin the series has been created in reference to the portable cell phone, first launched in 1973 by Motorola and nicknamed the ‘Brick’ because of its size and weight.
The Instamatic series of easy loading cameras made by Kodak from 1963 onwards introduced a generation to the concept of 'point and shoot’ and low-cost photography.
Referenced in this, the largest piece in the Common Parts series, is the iconic form of a classic home movie projector which has become symbolic of film and motion pictures from its birth to the present day.