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February 7, 2014 3:02 AM   Subscribe

Carcass is a replica of a fast food counter, carved entirely out of wood.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (21 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Fucking hell her work is amazing. Excuse the language but there is no other way I can put it. I don't know which I prefer - Apparatus or Carcass. They both redefine awesomeness. I think I need a drink now.
posted by Monkeymoo at 3:48 AM on February 7


(Paine's actually a dude.)
posted by Quilford at 4:28 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Paine's actually a dude.
oops! Then I definitely need a drink... this is what happens when you just look at the pretty pics... *finds reading glasses and connects speakers*
posted by Monkeymoo at 4:39 AM on February 7


Not only a dude but a sort of big hefty looking one with a beard, so any remarks about having a stripper's name are probably ill-advised.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 4:41 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Here's another neat art piece of his, the Auto Sculpture Maker.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:42 AM on February 7


PedantryFilter: there's a lot of nicely crafted wood stuff there, but almost no carving.
posted by jon1270 at 5:29 AM on February 7 [5 favorites]


Neat. Maybe he is commenting on the use of sawdust in some fast food?
posted by orme at 5:50 AM on February 7


This is what my brain did: Holy shit it's awesome. But, dear god WHY. But it's awesome. But WHY. WHY. But OMG it's awesome.
posted by jimmythefish at 6:50 AM on February 7 [2 favorites]


The next step is to apply an all-weather sealant, just in case SuperFlex decides to make another experimental film.
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:07 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Yeah, not carved.
posted by notyou at 7:28 AM on February 7


So where's the Drive-Thru?
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:39 AM on February 7


I just keep wondering how long it took to make this. The detail is amazing; I was really impressed by the straws.

I wish the McDonald's at work was that clean.
posted by TedW at 8:05 AM on February 7


not carved

Still cool.
posted by yoink at 8:06 AM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Well, crap. By the time that Colossal article was published, the exhibition had closed. Still some nice photos and video of it.
posted by a halcyon day at 8:44 AM on February 7


Still cool.

Absolutely, and I regretted the dismissiveness of my quip as soon as I clicked "Post Comment," but I didn't want to compound my boorishness by abusing the edit window. I still regret it.

The gallery's catalog entry also uses "carved." I would have suggested "crafted" or "sculpted" or "made."

Or gone the other way with "hewn."
posted by notyou at 9:07 AM on February 7


This is a really cool thing to look at, and I'd love to see it in person, but I'm not sure I "get it".

Is this some kind of commentary on the way that a modern corporate culture strips away identity or just an interesting aesthetic exercise?
posted by nerdler at 10:07 AM on February 7


Eh, I just took it as neat sensory experience, transforming a commonly used space into something else.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:10 AM on February 7


I like this work but it reminds me a lot of Tom Sachs'. Sorry, link fail, Tom Sachs.

They're both from the same area and time (New York in the 1990's), as well, but Tom Sachs has been making similar/slowly evolving work for the last twenty odd years while Roxy Paine has had lots of kind of herky jumps: The 'automatic painting machines' to the mushroom diorama things to the stainless steel trees. Nice work, (I especially like the trees), but well, not as 'unified.'
posted by From Bklyn at 12:16 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Is this some kind of commentary on the way that a modern corporate culture strips away identity or just an interesting aesthetic exercise?

He plays around with the nature of representation and "what is art?" type stuff in his work.
posted by sebastienbailard at 1:14 PM on February 7


He plays around with the nature of representation and "what is art?" type stuff in his work.

Sounds like an extension of stuff like Duchamp's "Readymades". Neat.
posted by nerdler at 2:17 PM on February 7


They say he carved it from a larger wooden fast food counter.
posted by Flashman at 8:19 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


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