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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami


Tom Scicluna
60″ x 157″ x 10″, 2018

Iron security grill, lag screws, chain and padlock
60 x 157 x 10 in.
Museum Purchase
Image credit
Image courtesy of Nina Johnson
Tom Scicluna 60” x 157” x 10”, 2018 Iron window grill, lag screws, chain, padlock Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami Museum purchase

Tom Scicluna (b. 1974, London,) uses discarded commodities in his conceptual practice to create site-specific sculptures and architectural installations that draw meaning from their material contexts. Preoccupied with industrial materials, Scicluna reconfigures commercially available objects to make interventions that challenge conceptions of power, space, and authorship.

60” x 157” x 10” (2018) comprises two readymade iron security window grills, one encrusted with layers of chipped paint and rust, the other fixed with a padlock and chain, elements used to prevent unwanted intruders from accessing a residential building. The work was exhibited as part of Scicluna’s 2018 solo exhibition “6319 NW 2nd Avenue” at Nina Johnson in Miami. For this exhibition, the artist removed the iron window grills from the building’s external façade and installed them in a horizontal row along the interior walls of the gallery. The exhibition’s title references an address, no longer extant, for a church that was previously situated on the property, pointing to the gentrification of the surrounding neighborhood of Little Haiti.  

Tom Scicluna lives and works in Miami. The artist has had exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2015); NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (2014); and Musée dʼart contemporain de Lyon, France (2009). Scicluna’s work is in the permanent collections of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; and Pérez Art Museum Miami.