The metal shop in question lies in the industrial heartland of South Bermondsey in London, where Elliot also occupies a studio. "Next to me is a big industrial printers and a powder printers", he describes. "And, consciously but also subconsciously, it's sort of crept into the work. That kind of machine-made element resonates with a lot of the other ideas around it."
Those other ideas are the themes of repetition, bold lines and sharp edges that seep into the exhibition. Two dimensional pieces play on your field of vision and challenge you to interact with the work on a physical level, as well as a physiological one. Different characteristics of paint -- metallic, gloss, silk -- contrast against dull, matte finishes, coming layered with repeating motifs and drawings that roughly match the palette of the paintings. There are, admits Elliot, "a lot of different things going on" -- but that's half the fun.
"There's not really a definitive beginning and end, but I think you can get a sense of the environment it was made in", he continues. "I just hope that people can draw their own narratives from it. The idea of the title was that it could maybe satisfy a need that they didn't know they have." i-D Magazine by Matthew Whitehouse OCT 11 2017, 12:35PM