I had this idea a long time ago, and only when my friend Joshua Warren prodded me along did I take steps to actually make the piece.
It’s 4’x4’… felt on felt stretched over a wooden frame made from reclaimed lumber. I still need to finish it off with a clear acrylic case around it. The intention is to put a reflective surface between the viewer and the piece… to make the viewer a part of it. Which is a concept I borrowed from Marcel Duchamp‘s glass paintings. This is the first of a set of multiples. If I had the opportunity, and a wall large enough, I’d hang 9 in a grid… maybe even play with the colors.
Obviously, this is an homage to Joseph Beuys… the father of Conceptual Art. But I like to think that it goes deeper than that. Besides being a funny one liner… We’ll see when it’s on display in its finished state.
Josh and I made T-Shirts with this on it for a popup art store at the SF Moma as part of a show there last winter. We sold all but one. Going to try to make these available to purchase online soon.