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.
- BENJO will adhere to a “Gold Standard” during a “pandemic” response.
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
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CISTERN ——————————-BENJO 17 mfg
BENJO 17 mfg -Nature sorted out!
WTF , 2016
WTF, plywood, enamel, latex, 2016
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T, plywood, enamel, latex, 2016
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.
GONE relies on the initial subtlety of the material’s repetitive construction, polystyrene. Through assemblage that continues a rough repetition of pattern with the addition of finishes applied, again referencing pattern, the final piece is arrived at. The piece is smooth in finish; however, coarse in representation of a fish.
Through the use of polystyrene, or Styrofoam, a trademarked Dow Chemical product, as the main building block of the fish, I am commenting on the relationship of chemicals to our environment in general, and the ocean in particular. I further explore humankind’s negative impact on the ocean buy using a camouflage used by military ships at the start of the 20th century. Currently, the U.S. Navy is under scrutiny for it’s use of sonar and it’s affect on aquatic life. To further extrapolate on the use of a camouflage, in this case a “disruptive coloration”, paint scheme, is to literally see nature disappearing.