Tom Sachs is in town and is giving a lecture on his work at SFAI tonight at 7:30pm. Its already sold out, but SFAI will have it streaming live in the cafe on campus. Be sure to go early to get a spot because we have a feeling the cafe will fill up quickly. He made a trip all the way from NYC just to speak to you about his work. A wonderful evening of art talk at SFAI which always progresses into drinks at Kennedys, the local watering hole down the street.
A lot has been made of the conceptual underpinnings of Tom Sachs’ sculpture and installation art. His sampling of capitalist culture in his subject matter—remixing, dubbing, and spitting it back out—results in transformed and transforming imagery. His complete embrace of “showing his work” leaves all the steps that led up to the end result on display: seams, joints, screws, foamcore, and plywood. In Sachs’ work, nothing is erased, sanded away, or rendered invisible. His pieces are never finished. Like any good engineering project, everything can be stripped down, stripped out, redesigned, and improved.
In an early show, he made Knoll office furniture out of phone books and duct tape. Later, he recreated Unite d’Habitation by Le Corbusier (1952) using only foamcore and a glue gun. Other notable projects by Sachs have included his versions of various Cold War masterpieces, such as the Apollo 11’s Lunar Excursion Module and the bridge of the battleship USS Enterprise. And, because no engineering project is more complex and pervasive than the corporate ecosystem, he’s made his own versions of that, too: a McDonald’s of plywood, glue, and assorted kitchen appliances, and Hello Kitty and her friends in materials ranging from foamcore to bronze.
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