American artist, Chadwick Rantanen, who is a resident of Los Angeles, often uses everyday objects and mass produced industrial items in his works. He transforms their function and form, however, so that their original meaning is relegated to the background and they can be looked at from a new artistic point of view and re-evaluated according to criteria other than the conventional ones. Neon tubes, tennis balls, plastic buckets, cups and recently cuckoo clocks are among his preferred objects. With them he creates sculptures, installations and site-specific interventions.
By reassigning meaning and reordering specific (architectonic) elements Rantanen’s interventions evoke a shift in the perception of a space/room in a subtle way. Here, the artist’s interest in the aesthetics and visual language of hospitals and rehabilitation units – places that promise healing and in which nothing should be disturbing – is of importance.