Royal College of Art MA Design Products student James Shaw has created a ‘Plastic Extruding Gun’ – part of series of materials “guns” that also includes Papier Mache and Pewter Squirting – that he has used to make tables.
“It turns the extrusion of polymers usually a huge and cumbersome task carried out in distant factories into a handheld process.” says Shaw. Shaw uses it to form recycled HDPE into intriguing and extravagant forms that celebrate the qualities of a very under-recognised material.
“We have an image of the craftsman or artist as the lone heroic figure striving for originality. I have produced a set of weapons (guns of course) to become my arsenal, with these I will fight the fight. We are all fighting for creative territory, for novelty, for some spark of newness. We are fighting banality and the oppression of massive systems within which we are complicit and sometimes complacent. Each gun is an innovation in itself, and each gun shall be capable of producing further innovation. These guns are tools for making, for making images of possible new worlds.”
Works created by Shaw with his “Guns” will be shown at Show RCA 2013, the annual Royal College of Art Graduate Exhibition which opens June 20 to 30, 2013.