Set 1/3 Framed
Framed Set: No Longer Available
Sets 2/3, 3/3 prints enclosed in glassine envelope and each set collectively stored in two handmade walnut boxes
Boxed Set: $50,000
Detail of handmade walnut storage boxes below
Born in 1944 in California, Allan McCollum currently lives and works in New York City. He has shown extensively, produced public art projects in the United States and Europe, and his works are in nearly seventy major art museum collections worldwide.
Allan McCollum viewed the original Twilight Zone episodes from 1959 to 1964 on his laptop computer, capturing screenshots of scenes that included landscape paintings. Images of those paintings were digitally edited, printed, and custom framed to create the series entitled Lands of Shadow and Substance. Each of the 27 works in the series has been printed proportionally to its original televised incarnation and is in an edition of three.
To create The Shapes Project, Allan McCollum designed a system to create over 31 billion unique two-dimensional shapes: one for every person on the planet when the globe’s population peaks in 2050. Not generated, but rather ingenuously formulated using Adobe Illustrator, each shape is created by a series of consecutive actions of first drawing small parts and then cutting and pasting them further into bigger parts. According to Allan McCollum: “For the time being, around 214,000,000 of the shapes have been set aside for creative experimentation. These can be used for many different purposes – not only for fine art and design projects, but also for various social practices as: gifts, awards, identity markers, emblems, insignias, logos, toys, souvenirs, educational tools, and so forth. The shapes can be printed graphically as silhouettes or outlines, in any size, color or texture, using all varieties of graphics software; or the files can be used by rapid prototyping machines and computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) equipment – such as routers, laser and water-jet cutter – to build, carve, or cut the shapes from wood, plastic, metal, stone, and other materials.”
During the Summer and Fall of 2006, Graphicstudio published a series of twenty-five sculptural shapes employing the artist’s digital files to drive a CNC router to cut a set of eight identical shapes out of birch plywood. To produce each unique sculpture, the layers of wood were glued and clamped together into a solid form, which was then sanded and finished with two coats of satin lacquer.
The Shapes Project is McCollum’s latest visualization of his career-long interest in issues related to representation, categorization, symbolic systems, and questions of uniqueness, originality and mass production. McCollum reflects on his Shapes Project: “Instead of looking to one flag and saying ‘that’s our country,’ we now have 31 billion shapes to represent each of us. We need to question the way we use our symbols, because for every reason we have to unify ourselves under a single symbol, there are many more for doing the opposite.”
In this project, Allan McCollum has delivered a poignant work: Each and Every One of You, an arresting exploration of the emotional investment we all share in giving each other names. "There is a fearful void," says McCollum, "in the gap between the names we are given and the presence we have with one another."
Hoping to evoke an avalanche of memory and feeling with the simplest of means, he researched the U.S. Census Bureau's most recent compilation of common names used in the U.S., and produced 3 portfolios of 1200 prints each: the 600 most common female names and the 600 most common male names. Each portfolio is ordered according to popularity into two handmade walnut boxes. Each and Every One of You was first exhibited at the Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts.
For a list of all the names used in this project, visit this website.
For sales, or more information about an edition, please contact Graphicstudio at (813) 974-3503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright and Reproduction
Images of the artwork are jointly owned by the artist and Graphicstudio. Reproduction of any kind including electronic media must be expressly approved by Graphicstudio.