Maintaining Gravity is an installation about illusion & uncertainty, silence & meditation. It alludes to those moments in life when truth and reality become slippery concepts, difficult to define and grasp.
Typically working with cast off industrial materials to comment on our relationship to the environment and the state of the environment, Maynard, this time, explores themes related to humanity referring symbolically to the human experience by offering the viewer a warmly lit home; the definition of sanctuary. This home is different though. It is unstable. Is it floating by some happy mystery or does it struggle to hold on to its foundation?
Of his own work Maynard comments, “I am drawn to the aesthetic qualities intrinsic in the materials I use, so that in my work the materials have meaning in themselves both aesthetically and conceptually.” In his Maintaining Gravity installation, Maynard’s materials are critical to both the aesthetic and the concept. A plexi house is not exactly a glass house. Plexi can bend. It could potentially ward off a thrown stone. It is flexible. But it is not as strong as a traditional home built with beams, wood, concrete, steel and brick. Re-enforced with masking tape only lends to the idea of the home’s vulnerability. At the same time, it is the color of the tape that provides the warm glow and the plexi that allows the view the see in, although only to a certain degree, offering the opportunity for contemplation.
The house, perched precariously, the materials chosen to build this home, the play of light, the darkened reflective silence unbalances our assumptions about how we expect the world to be.