Ty Pownall’s works function as a dialog with the past, present, and future. They examine where contemporary society has positioned itself within the timeline of natural evolution and present us with a model of what our future trajectories may be.
Using found materials, Pownall creates intricate structures within his large scale sculptures mimicking organic forms such as bones and arteries, these organs seem to either evolve or break down just as a living organism would. In taking materials with very specific and narrow purposes and reconstituting them into something beyond anthropomorphic, he alludes to states of evolution happening inside the structures themselves. The works do not exist in a static state like a carcass; they reflect the way movement exists. They reveal, represent, and challenge what is a “natural state”.
In addition to its evolutionary connotations, Ty Pownall’s work also poses viewers with questions of what we recognize as real and simulated. Through conceptualizing how our future landscapes and organisms may be, the idea of future “real” vs. “faux” are also thoughtfully explored.