Wait, is that rusted steel or....
A quick look at the recent collaborative photos of New York artists Paul Shore and Nicole Root would convince you that you’re looking at large-scale works of art re-made using different materials, like this one, “Torqued Taffy (After Richard Serra), 2010,” which looks like an enormous Richard Serra re-created in a material simply more slippery than Serra’s usual rusted steel.
In fact, the photography of these pieces is critical to their success, as they are actually tiny, only a few inches each, but are shot with a close-up lens to make them appear the same size as the original art works they mimic.
And they’re all made of candy, something the show's title,“Licked, Sucked, Stacked, Stuck” gives away. Now take a look at “Untitled (Sprinkles) (After Tara Donovan), 2010.”
The show is spirit-lifting, showing off Shore and Root’s sense of humor, but it’s also educational. If you’re not sure of the origins of a piece, look it up online and you’ll learn something about the history of modern and contemporary art.
You can see “Licked, Sucked, Stacked, Stuck” at the Brattleboro (Vermont) Museum & Art Center through February 6. One of the artists, Paul Shore, will be speaking at the museum on January 27. For more information, visit The Bratttleboro Museum.