Above: some package-related artworks from “Aesthetics Incorporated,” the faux corporation of Minnesota-based artist, David Enblom.
Aethetics Incorporated seems similar, in some ways, to Iain and Ingrid Baxter’s corporate/conceptual art entity: The N.E. Thing Company. (One odd parallel: both Enblom and Iain Baxter& have made artworks using mass quantities of stuffed animals, although Enblom’s 1997 Still Life appears to have preceded Baxter&’s Animal Preserves by a couple of years.)
About the artworks above:
1. Squirt Stack, 1994
Every day after my day job, I went to my studio, made a vodka and Squirt and worked on designing my ‘dream house’. Saved the cans and made this triangular pyramid. Sort of based on Buckminster Fuller’s ‘close packing of spheres’.
My brother took a 4X5 transparency of it, I had someone else scan the photo, and made a 36" X 72" print of it at Kinko’s, which somebody bought at an art crawl.
After the photo, the cans went back into garbage bags which my brother later brought to the recycling center and got cash.
Shows how things can be connected through various transformations and uses on many levels and different systems of life and art.
(See also: Pruitt/Early’s “Sculpture for Teenage Boys: Miller Pyramid” from 1990)
2. Manhattan Air, bottled on April 30, 1999 at 251 E. 20th St., New York City, NY
I was in New York (Chelsea) going to galleries, when I ran across this beer store selling every kind of beer imaginable from all over the world.
Ended up getting a bottle of Ommegang Hennepin Belgian-Style Ale, read on the label that Father Hennepin, who was the first European to see St. Anthony Falls, had also done the same for Niagaga Falls!
I took it back to the youth hostel and drank it (highly recommended) at a picnic table in the courtyard while reading the Village Voice and planning my evening at the openings. Then, no doubt inspired by Duchamp’s piece “Paris Air”, I washed out the bottle and replaced the cork, capturing 750ml. of Manhattan air. When I got home I designed, printed, and affixed a label, photographed it, and the rest is Art History.
3. Preserved Pencils (pencils, jar, oil)
(More of Enblom’s Aesthetics Incorporated work, after the fold…)
Entitled “Absolut Enblom,” this piece strongly resembles a Tony Feher piece we featured last year, but I’m guessing that Absolut Vodka really does come in all these sizes and, since Enblom has already stipulated to a penchant for a daily dose of vodka, his inspiration seems clear.
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