The work of Charles Mason resides firmly in the realm of sculpture. The latest groups of sculptures by his hand are fixed structures all about balance. Equilibrium is less a question of gravity and weight, than a question of balance. Instead of weight relative to mass, balance is the resultant of a smooth collusion of strengths and expectations experienced through friction or of shock felt during any encounter. The work 'Backsliding' is not just the reflection of oneself in the endless black mirror of a transparent screen of perspex, it is above all a power struggle, a game of exchange and balance that structures all organizations and all relationships. The object and we, its spectators, are creatures caught in a trap, living in a world of images, of forms and reflections on the border of day-dreams.
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