of portrait/clocks is, in a way, a result of my admitted obsessive collecting
of kitsch objects and cultural oddities. My most cherished discoveries are
western-type items (such as clocks and other decorative objects) that have
been manufactured in distant factories, seemingly, without any sense of
context for the designated market or audience.
I am interested, for example, in the very phenomenon when someone decides to insert tiny flashing fiber-optic lights all around Jesus and the apostles (each poking crudely through a most generic print of the last supper) because someone thinks that is likely what consumers would want. I am most attracted to the absurdity that was a result of someone elses rationalization.
As clocks, these rendered cultural icons are put into the same scale as a kitsch objects one expects to find in a yard sale, dollar store or an ebay auction. People are free to project their own interpretation onto them and if necessary can value them for their functionality if not for aesthetic reasons. These objects relate traditional art to the idea of over production and over consumption found in the same economy that created dollar stores. Like thrift store merchandise, I hope to create a product that will simulate that magical moment, that tension, that occurs in the shift of function from that of the suspected intention of the maker to the actual value it has to the consumer.
grouping of portrait clocks: