Through Leo Babsky’s work the notion of failure is explored, both in concept and in form.Beginning with a physical gesture that is fused into material presence or a material presence that is engaged in an act. Objects hang in the balance of failure: they are propped up, get dumped, fall down and precariously balance.The works also allude to being something they are not: showing hints of surface and glamour but on second glance have nothing to back that up. Using minimalism and post-minimalism as a meta- language but adding subtle decorative, gesture- like elements, Babsky often references glamorous aspects of contemporary life, such as high-end advertising or retail. However he exposes them to be lacking not in finish but in background, creating objects of appeal which self- evidently shouldn’t be appealing. The failure is part of the success.