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Artefacts

Purchase Artefact Editions by Thomas John Bacon

 

Performance Artefact Editions

 

These editions are taken from the 18 hour durational performance of CHTHONIC staged on the summer solstice in 2019 London. TJB ignited a pyre of 500 bones on the banks of the River Thames, before walking the fired remains to Raw Labs Gallery repeatedly, accumulating a distance of 20km and then reworking the remains into a sculptural installation.

Please note due to the nature of these editions coming from a performance artwork - each artefact is unique, and the piece you receive may differ from the photos below.

 

CHTHONIC BONES

Edition of 30 pieces (10 available for purchase).

These cow bones come from the hottest part of the fire, resulting in petrified remains, one stage away from becoming ash, that are entirely black and white. They are extremely beautiful and fragile. Each comes with a personalised note about the artwork, signed by the artist.

SACKCLOTH+ASHES

Edition of 10 pieces.

These hessian sacks bare scorch marks from the heat of the bones carried by TJB. At times each cloth was wrapped gently around a single bone to preserve it on its journey while for stronger pieces the sack took the weight of multiple remains.

Each sack has the detritus of broken bone and ash to some extent within it. This has not been added to the cloth post-action but is a document from the live performance.

These can be purchased unframed or mounted in a box frame. Each comes with a personalised note about the artwork, signed by the artist.

OPTIONS

BLACK CROSS - SECTION

Edition of 3 pieces (2 available for purchase).

This comes directly from the Black Cross at the heart of the sculpture. Separated into sections, this edition offers two quarters. Made of the denser bones that survived the fire, each bone’s avulsions were bound in jute twine from the 1km spools present in the space and then placed to form a cross before being connected with black latex.

Each piece comes with a personalised note about the artwork, signed by the artist.

PLEASE NOTE: These objects are fragile yet very heavy. If shipping outside of the UK please contact TJB beforehand to get a quote for postage and packing.