Untools



Elliot Romo Kurek

He/Him/His
Sculpture/Ceramics

While the Surrealists imagined objects that could not exist, and the Dadaists contextualized readymades that do exist, I make objects that might exist. Exploring tools as both medium and subject, I borrow components from within patent drawings as the building blocks to create art.

In Precision Incarnate, I use an imprecise material to create a precision instrument. Blurring the boundaries between measurement and ornament, engineering and craft, I replace the text typically found on micrometer frames with ornamental filigree from an original certificate of accuracy.

In Untools, four pieces explore the stages of creating a tool, first imagined as drawing, then built as prototype, refined as new product, and finally altered as a well used appliance. These stages reflect ideation, design process, intended use, and actual use of a tool and suggest the transformative power of invention.






As the Department of Art and Art History’s 2022 BFA class’ time at UConn draws to a close, we look back fondly on the time we spent together and the memories we made along the way. Although we now look forward to our creative futures, we wish to say thank you and farewell to our devoted professors and advisors who’ve worked alongside us throughout these transformative years.