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2012 ArtPrize Entry
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Mel Brooks once said, “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die”. My work is like a car accident. I pull inspiration from everywhere and mash things together, not poetically but aggressively. I think of my work as a collision of history and contemporary, politics and pop culture, humor and tragedy, refined and unkempt, and different materials and aesthetics, all mashed together into a cohesive and concise mass of wreckage that makes it hard to turn away. My work is made up of chronic appropriation, not of imagery in the same sense as Richard Prince or Andy Warhol, but of ideas. I am not as interested in using the imagery of the Pieta or the Presidents, it is their auras I want to use, all of the baggage surrounding them, every preconceived notion and stereotype that already exists, and then I want to smash them together with conflicting or separate notions and stereotypes where I see similar attributes.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 40 in
  • Medium: Glass, Fabric, Epoxy Resin, Latex, Enamels, Wood, Metal
  • Width: 48 in
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 68 in

Venue & Connection Information

The piece is heavy and weighs near 400 lbs. It is on sculptures movers and can be moved around relatively easily, but needs access to either a ground floor or a freight elevator. To unload the work from the truck, either a forklift or loading dock which the truck can be backed up should be available.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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