Some artworks by Patterson Beckwith that combine time and packaging:
With his 2008 time lapse photograph of an aerosol can being deployed, we assume that it’s a can of spray paint, although the spray’s different colors are due to the colored gels of his strobe lights, rather than paint pigment.
“The 20 photographs that Beckwith exhibits are called strobographs, meaning that each event is photographed up to six times as it elapses. Several strobe lights (each with different neoncolored gels) are set up in a completely dark room, and are triggered by the sound or movement of the event… They are time-lapse records of events such as a cheeseburger exploding, or the popping of a balloon. In the end, Beckwith’s photographs display neon-tinted objects from everyday life (toys, food, light bulbs) exploding into the air.”
Mesler & Hug, LA
Here, as in the œuvres of other artists we’ve noted, a collection of “everyday objects” inevitably includes some packaging.
…“Bad Time Clocks” by L.A. artist (and former Art Club 2000 member) Patterson Beckwith. Made from the boxes for all manner of supermarket products, from TV dinners and cat food to Tampax and mothballs, the works are irresistibly appealing, especially at the price of 100 euros. “They actually keep good time,” said Beckwith, noting that their title came from the expression, “Is this a bad time to be calling?”
(Another “strobograph” after the fold…)