BENJO17mfg

                                                                  

BENJO17 mfg is a company  created to bid on major public works projects.  Benjo almost always gets the contract, because BENJO always presents the lowest bid. BENJO’s ability to cut corners is nonpareil.

  • BENJO derives benefits from natural resources for marketability.
  • BENJO appropriates icons from many cultures and brings them to market.
  • BENJO’s exploits benefit from downturns AND upticks in the economy
  • BENJO repairs what Mother Nature broke.

Anchor Mend is a company created to winnow the defective qualities of disappointing fabrication.  Anchor Mend’s mission statement: economics, not necessarily choice or taste, must dictate the aesthetic.

  • Anchor Mend shores up BENJO’s catastrophic failures in a way that is cost-effective and decorative.
    • For example: if the budget does not allow for landscaping, Anchor Mend will utilize some of BENJO’s alluring petroleum-based substitutes to adorn the mending.
    • If the budget does not allow for resurfacing, Anchor Mend supplies elegant color choices to enhance the extant surface

 

 

In this work,  inspiration is taken from the substandard workmanship in our society. Using it as a metaphor to contemplate the notion and ramifications of a disposable society.  As a general contractor in the City, I am often called in to repair projects botched by the company with the lowest bid.  Invariably, had a higher bid been accepted, with its accompanying expertise, the client would have saved countless economic, human, and natural resources.  Economies are both increased and reduced. I use this disposable society model to explore the ways in which our heritage, environment, economy, and the cultures of our planet are exploited in the modern era.

WTF ,  2016

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W, plywood, stain, clear wood finish, 2016

t

T, plywood, latex, enamel, 2016

f

F,  plywood, enamel, 2016

WTF, plywood, enamel, latex, 2016

wtf3

W, plywood, enamel, latex, 2016

wtf2

T, plywood, enamel, latex, 2016

wtf5

 

linguafin

JCM, FIN, UCBX, GRAZIE, enamel, latex, plywood, 2016

 

 

C.C.C.C. (cast concrete coffee cup)

 

aegcup (2)

AEG Turbine Factory, Berlin, 2008

Coffee is an everyday commodity presented in the iconic, mass produced disposable cup. It is a frail item folks commonly see littered throughout our society.

However, when I reconstruct it by casting it from concrete, the cup becomes a solid, three dimensional piece that references sculpture. It lends some similarity to a ready-made; however, it is not a mechanical reproduction. Craftsmanship has been inflicted upon it, and it is now an artisanal reproduction.

It is still mimetic, possessing a reference or a debt to imitation; but it is no longer mass produced but a boutique ready-made if you will. It is a contradiction by being unique individually, yet still being demoted as not unique among other coffee cups. It can be formally contained, displayed, and documented by installing it on a shelf in a room in San Francisco, or by taking a photograph of it in front of an historical building in Berlin.

cup1

Strathmere, New Jersey, 2016

cup2

New Windsor, New York, 2016

01.10.071712

San Francisco, CA, 2007

Parisfair

Paris Toilet 2015 (thanks GS)

Versailles

Versailles 2015 (thanks GS)