Jeremy Hutchison: Incorrectly manufactured objects

Mike Boyle
Dec 21, 2012 8:18PM

The brilliant thing about Artsy is that you can be totally ignorant about art (and cheap/broke to boot), yet after just a few clicks on the site you're bound to discover something new that you love and could actually own. Take the series of incorrectly manufactured objects by Jeremy Hutchison. I don't know if you noticed, but that's not a normal tennis racket! Some of the other objects are flawed in less immediately noticeable ways, like the saw whose teeth are on the wrong side, a pipe with nowhere to stuff the tobacco, or a pencil that's just solid wood and no lead.

You can see from the descriptions that each object was "designed and fabricated" by a different real-life factory worker in places like China, Taiwan, India, and Turkey. This blog post describes the process in more detail. Hutchison emailed lots of factories to ask if their workers would produce an "incorrect" version of something they make every day, generating lots of amused and baffled responses like the one you see here.

I would love to know more about what the workers thought about the project and how they decided on the flaw that renders each object useless. Did they find it cathartic, amusing, creatively fulfilling, annoying, or did they see it as just more labor to perform?

Mike Boyle