Is It Safe?

July 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

IMG_4141Artist: UNKNOWN 
(19??-??)
Curator: Liza Keckler
Is It Safe?
2015
Installation

Here the artist tempts us, once again by offering us forbidden fruit. In what we can only speculate was once a functioning electric outlet, the artist has simply covered the interface with electrician’s tape and declared in three mono-syllabic words DO.NOT.USE. This naturally evokes the question “Why?” Is it no longer connected as the wire that so drastically steers us in away at a 90 degree angle might suggest? Or is it hazardous, as the tiny wires peaking out from behind the metal sheath would imply. They are so small, how could they possibly hurt anyone, daring us to reach out and make physical contact with them. Do they offer us a safe thrill, or imminent death by electrocution? One should also take into account the location of this piece, installed just beside a painting, the artist taunting us “You want art? I’ll give you art.”

$630.-

Illegal Briefs (detail)

March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Illegal Briefs

March 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

Artist: UNKNOWN
(19??-??)
Illegal Briefs
2012
Cotton

This pair of men’s underwear has been tossed into the corner of a high-traffic office stairwell. One may conclude that the garment was dropped accidentally, though we cannot know for sure. Perhaps the double meaning of “briefs” was the artist’s intention. In a rush to leave, a man has failed to maintain a grasp on his most personal belongings. Or perhaps this is a literal airing of his dirty laundry.

$1,300.-

The First One’s Always Free (Detail West Wall)

December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

The First One’s Always Free (Detail Floor)

December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

The First One’s Always Free

December 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

Artist: UNKNOWN
(19??-??)
The First One’s Always Free
2011
Installation

Discounted candy catches our eye, a shiny distraction technique, much like fireworks.  When dawn breaks however, the aftermath of an unknown battle is evident.  The wall is awash with various stains, suggestive of the slaughter incurred by junk food on our digestive tracts, while the patterns on the floor were created by the same food being mashed into the carpeting, symbolic of Americans under the boot of the snack food lobby.  The fight against the manufacturers and the actual products proves to, in fact, be costly.  It becomes clear that this installation is a classic trap and we are all casualties.

$5,700.-

MOOT Gift Shop Grand Opening

December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Just in time for the holidays, the MOOT gift shop is officially open for business. We have a wide selection of T-shirts, mugs, wallets, totes, as well as limited edition reproductions of many of our exhibits. This is the only place these items are available.

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