'five cups' by theodora allen
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It doesn’t break bricks & Don’t put all your eggs in one basket (Mistress, oooof! Les Bourses…), 2011
glazed bricks, cast bronze , approx. 24 x 42 x 4 inches (bricks) and 12 x 8 x 9 inches (basket)
more than any other state in america, california has become emblematic of consumer culture and materialism, particularly in the eyes of artists (finish fetish, anyone?). drew heitzler’s show at marlborough chelsea, “paradies amerika,” takes its name from egon kisch’s novel of the same title, which criticizes california culture.
i was most drawn to heitzler’s use of materials. some works featured glossed-over neoprene (wetsuit material), and others were unsettlingly lacquered, heavily glazed in glossy coats of vibrant reds and blues and deep, deep black. one series of prints compared and contrasted books, putting something like christopher williams’ “the production line of happiness” with thomas piketty’s “capital,” both of which explore capitalism, consumer culture, and materialism through different lenses. the juxtapositions were at times humorous, and the overly watered down paints and smudges injected the series with a particular futility.
I particularly enjoyed my last reblogged post of Mungo Thomsons font study of Time magazine. so i explored some of his other works; here is one of them: