the above images to see complete photos and location info of each trashsure->
a Trashsures Poster!
essay on tout-fait
||Original Trashsures Proposal
again, the world is a better place thanks to your efforts. The story
is almost as good as the piece this time around. I think the real
measure of success is that someone removed it from the trash and
reinstalled it.- Mr. Walters
to safety concerns (string attached to duct tape attached to a sidewalk)
and Bethlehem City code violations (unapproved installation on city
property), the sculpture placed on the median in front of the So
Campus bus stop will be removed by Moravian College's Facilitites
Management Planncing & Construction (FMP& C) and brought
to the Art Office.
Any future installations should first be approved by the Art Dept
Chair, who will contact FMP&C (Regina Gower). If a sculpture
is placed on public city property, FMP&C has to get permission
from the city prior to installation. If a sculpture or project is
planned to be placed on Moravian College property, FMP&C has
to be involved prior to installation. Thanks for your cooperation.
like this concept. Walk through it and be in the same world, but
is it really the same after you have entered it via another portal.
Could you, yourself be chancged in some inpercievable way by virtue
of having takien that action? I'd consider it.- My Mom (speaking
on # 25)
awesome. next time they might call in the terrorism squad.- Jenna
website! You must be crazy as hell. COOL! I love the Trashures concept.
Reminds me of the fates of the various gigantic papier mache 3D
Dobbsheads, which always ended up being LEFT in public places when
they had outlived bein worth the effort of hauling them around.
- Rev. Ivan Stang
like this Trashsure series. It's a good concept combining art, action,
event, politics/culture, and all with a web based component. Keep
it up.- Aaron Yassin
love the new trashsure in fact I love them all...but since I'm a
guitarist, #6 is my favorite.-Peter Thompson
is pretty cool, man.- John Bell
is one of your best ones yet! I can't believe you're up to #28.
I like the Duchamp thing happening with the spokes. Wasn't he one
of the first to use the wheel as art, like an upside down fork and
bike wheel, allowing it to spin freely? So your piece, that of the
wheel stripped to its guts implies the desire to move, but can't.
So on an aesthetic level, the work looks solid, the creative power
made it strong, a force presented on the sidewalk. If passerbys
pretend to ignore it, they can't, because the creative power flexes
it's influence, it's presence on them. Form, as instinctive nature,
is felt and becomes an influence on form(s) they see later in the
day. Displaying your valued insight and skill on the misinformed
useless, hopeless schmuck public. No wonder you call them trashsures.
"Is it trash?""sure." - Kory Smith
Original Trashsures Proposal
- To create and then "abandon" a series of art works in the
city of New York. These objects will be made from materials that are
presently in my studio. They are half-finished, ignored, false starts
that are filling up all the valuable space in my studio. There is a
raw quality to these pieces that I find at once appealing and also repugnant.
I have a compulsive desire to "push" artworks, to keep adding,
altering, and fudging with pieces. I also am constantly finding objects
that can become the beginnings of great aided ready-made pieces.
All of the objects have a truth to them. That truth is that they
are unfinished works of art - no one would think that they were random
pieces of trash. Through this project they will become simulations of
a very real urban phenomena: the waste of a failed artist. Part of living
in New York, is to come upon, piles of abandoned semi-destroyed works
of art, the trash pile. My pieces would be more assertively placed.
I want to confuse people as to whether the pieces have been thrown way
or left by mistake. They will be set down, in areas of high traffic
where they are sure to be seen. Then the fickle finger of faith will
collaborate, these pieces might be ignored for days, destroyed by the
first passerby, or taken by some urban trash connoisseur, or some duchampian
might claim them as ready-mades. I will produce maps of their locations,
which will be mailed out as exhibition notices so individuals will be
able to seek out these pieces. The random reward of an Easter egg hunt
comes to mind.
project would be a means of purging these objects from my life. I will
simply take them in their present state and scatter them across the
city, photographing each one and recording its new home. I hope the
outcome of this is two fold, people will see the objects, and know that
they are "Artworks" completing the Artist/Viewer circuit.
Also the city is supposedly filled with keen-eyed individuals that will
hopefully "adopt" these objects, taking them home, completing
the Artist/Collector circuit. If I make enough of the pieces and they
become known, perhaps someone will write about them completing the Artist
/ Critic circuit. If that happens perhaps a curator will want to exhibit
the objects or their documentation of them, completing the Artist/Gallery
circuit. If my assertions are correct, it will prove my idea that art
that negates ego and ownership can bring a larger reward for ego and
ownership. If you can make people think that you don,t care or are some
kind of revolutionary, then they will do whatever they can to embrace
you. Why? Everybody wants to be validated by the trickster, on the laughing
end of the joke. Everyone wants to be in on the joke. This may come off as a bit of art-world stratagem, but what
isn't? What we pretend to be, we become, so I will pretend that I am
"abandoning" these works, but in reality I will be claiming
the greater world as my
In the end these
pieces are really about the shock of context. The Trashsures are objects
that within a gallery would be objects to be look at and judged for
aesthetic value. When placed on the street they are object that foster
confusion. Every person that passes them has to choose what they are
a piece of trash or a treasure.
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