A piece of work called ‘Cardboard’ is the surprise favourite for this year’s Turner Prize.
Initially, this challenging sculpture represents an uninteresting piece of used cardboard. Shown in flat form, it suggests discardation, waste and effluence. Palely lit by a distant, flickering, fluorescent light, ‘Cardboard’ is displayed in a rear service corridor at The State of It Gallery.
But closer inspection reveals a deeper truth. The artist evokes utilitarian functionalism with the spiritual, rendering shades of brown to remind us of the futility of existence. The contextual siting of the work reinforcing the message.
Bon Viveur, Charlie Satchel, said the work showed, “Great vision and understanding of the disposability of the modern world, and we’re proud to represent and showcase this exciting new artist. The stark beauty and inherent potentiality of the cardboard makes the viewer wonder what it will become?”.
The artist, Ian Napton, said, “Well, I delivered a parcel to the gallery, some geezer opened it and give me the packaging. Not my job to get rid of it so I chucked it on the floor. Next thing I know this twat with a cravat wanders down and starts bangin’ on about how wonderful this bit of cardboard was. He must have been off his meds or something. I was going to tell him to sling it, when he said it was worth £30,000, well you can’t turn down that kind of dough.”
When asked about his next piece, he replied, “I don’t know, I’ve some rubble in my back yard, that do you?”
Critics claim that the gallery is generating publicity and pretending their is value in ‘Cardboard’ so it can sell this shite to gullible idiots. They’re probably right.