Mousehole, 1994Ceal Floyer
Ceal Floyer's work often uses everyday but generally overlooked objects or images to introduce defamiliarizing and somewhat startling moments into the spectator's experience of a space. Slight alterations to found objects, that are usually familiar from everyday experiences (like a hairbrush, the sign for an emergency exit, or the projection of an image of a nail) create often surprising interventions that heighten the awareness of our surroundings. The play with expectations and the misuse of technical equipment (in effect, removing or subtly subverting its intended function) are another continuous themes in Floyer's work. Often the artist mixes visual and linguistic references, often also to the site, combining semantic levels in a disorienting and witty way.