Whether we like it or not, we live in an age defined by waste – where myriad cheap products are consumed at an ever increasing frequency and little regard is given to the rate of our consumption.
Sure, we might recycle our beer cans or other plastic goods when we are finished with them, or occasionally think about our carbon footprint, but we still create a baffling amount of waste.
Why do we do this? We do this because we view these goods as impermanent – as objects that are designed to be discarded and left to rot in six months when version 2.0 is released. But in Laura Moore’s “One Man’s Junk” the notion of consumer products (in this case consumer electronics) being impermanent is challenged, and the result is an installation that evokes great contemplation.
The installation is rather small, and only takes up a fraction of the Grunt Gallery’s floor-space, but do not let its diminutiveness fool you. Take a second and step right up to the piece and really look at it. Allow yourself to notice the computer monitors and PCs that are clustered together on the floor, and how they appear to be made of stone.
While doing this ask yourself the following questions: “Why is the artist doing this? And what is the meaning behind the stone aesthetic?”
The answers will come to you quickly: the artist is doing this to prove that consumer products can possess permanence, and the stone aesthetic suggests the products have been produced over eons by the Earth itself.
We wouldn’t view a mountain or canyon as being disposable (last time I checked Apple is not planning on releasing the iMountain or iCanyon anytime soon), so why do we think differently about consumer products? Are they not also made from goods produced by the Earth?
As you can tell, I enjoyed the exhibit, and it will literally take you 15 minutes max to look at everything. I highly suggest going on a Saturday afternoon because the woman who works that shift is extremely friendly. So come enjoy and digest some culture and contemplate the follies of our age. You will not regret it.
One Man’s Junk runs until March 22. The Grunt Gallery is located at 350 E 2nd Ave – Unit 116.