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A Case of Sunkist, 2021




Discarded consumer multiples like the ubiquitous, crumpled donut bag or a crushed, flattened soda can retain the gestures of its user and environment as they transform into uniques. Much in the way that nature bombards us with a myriad of equal originals like blades of grass, snowflakes, and clouds, the mechanical copy, now unique, offers an opportunity to glean our collective nature beneath the iterations of consumer culture. While Marx saw commodities as lacking connection with “the value-relation of the products of labour,” the lens of this investigation intends to reverse commodity fetishism by elevating the ‘valueless’ and surrendering to the recursive nature of all behavior. This body of work is the result of documenting the repeated appearance of various species of trash to highlight patterns and forms that, like runes, provide color to the often-missed, common denominator of contemporary life and the inextricable link between collective behavior and individual creative pursuits. The collection of samples itself becomes a new context within which we can inch toward the universal. This print is 2 in an edition of 24. Also available mounted, laminated and framed for $2100

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1.00 x 44.00 x 64.00 in | 2.54 x 111.76 x 162.56 cm

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Charles Cohen Studio
27-28 Thomson Avenue #12 , Long Island City, NY 11101

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