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acrylic paint on product box, 2012
dimensions: 11 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 3 inches
Granola Box, 2002-2012
Collage on product box, Plexiglas box, overall dimensions 12 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 3 3/8 inches
credit again to yaherd for squirmy part of lower-left image
This bird image has some internet juice, mostly as an avatar. Dump.fm and Moot's former site have helped.
The bird is a Common Grackle; related to the Great-Tailed Grackle, which has a hideous call [YouTube] that sounds like the word "grackle" but with extra consonants, whistles, and sounds beyond the range of human hearing.
Hat tips GucciSoFlosy, carjackcker, frederick, melipone, maryrachel, maxlabor, arjununcle and others.
Was preparing to wrap these up and park them somewhere and it occurred to me I'd never photographed them together.
The spheroids are painted directly on the boxes in acrylic - in the case of a couple of boxes the pattern is made on a computer, printed, and glued on the box.
In the '90s these were criticized as a "step back from the Brillo box" in that the packages are altered/adorned rather than just presenting the design as a found object. Since their roots are equally in folk art it seemed limiting to peg their success/failure purely in Discourse terms, but I can't control the spin.
One thing that interests me about them now is the "default" nature of the materials. The paint is premixed, straight-from-the-jar color and the boxes are about as ordinary as it gets. They hang on the wall with pins inside the box.
This work was never shown together (until now) but individual boxes made the group show/art fair rounds. One was reproduced in Art in America; another was my first pic on the Internet--a photo someone took accompanying a review on a long-disappeared '90s website. I sold one and traded another with an artist I admire.
I still believe in this work. As Socrates said, "the unexamined garbage is not worth tossing."
Update: After posting this several of these sold. Many thanks.
These are now indicated "private collection": top row (2,3,4); second row (1); bottom row (4)
Surge Molecule, 2011, photocopies, linen tape
11 x 8 1/2 inches
made with canvas painter, mspaint, mspaintbrush, and photoshop (the last for conversion from BMP to GIF and some of the layering)
Surge Molecule, 2011, photocopies, linen tape, 8.5 x 11 inches (studio installation view)
I still have a redweld folder full of paper scraps from a previous body of work, dating back to the late '90s; occasionally I get the urge to make something with them. The above piece falls somewhere between a quilt and a mosaic made with computer printouts xeroxed onto office color paper. It is held together on the back with strips of cut, gummed framer's tape, used to join the individual facets together and forming a de facto armature that makes the piece look more solid than it is.
Will post details of this eventually but there's a tendency for close-up photography to omit the character or personality of an object as it sits in the room. The chair is here (as usual) for scale, in this studio installation shot.
dump.fm was making new digital pogs yesterday. (there are now many more new ones than in the original group from 4 years ago.) above are some of mine; all were done since May 2010, except the purple spiral molecule. A horizontal grid of these makes a better arrangement. [more background from lalblog on the original group; looking forward to an eventual large page of dump.fm pogs]
Update: Here is the dump pog page (mildly NSFW).