E.K, Machine Tools Ltd was one of Scotlands oldest engineering companies which was started in the 1950's by Mark's late father James Ronald Campbell and epitomised the great tradition of British manufacturing and precision engineering. He created parts for british industries such as British Aerospace to parts for submarines.
'Monuments to another era' is a series of photographs from sculptures of balanced steel constructions, which came about after the demise of the family business in 2008 due to the short-sightedness of british banks and the lack of investment in British businesses.
These works reflect a different era one of
optimism and hope for a bright new world, as well as memories of his childhood and growing up. Here Mark collected the left over pieces of steel, all that was left to show for over 50 years of british manufacturing after all the rest was auctioned off to pay off the skilled workers, then constructed the pieces photographed them and then deconstructed the work and so on.
He is also hoping to put on an installation of newer work he will create in a gallery space and deconstruct and reconstruct the work make new work throughout the exhibition.
'Monuments to another era'
Glasgow Print Studio 2012
'Untitled' Balanced Steel Construction 2008/9
Wood, carbon engineered shapes. 2014
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