Allan McCollum: In Charge of His Own Destiny
Devised as a system of two-dimensional shapes, one for each person on the planet at maximum population, The Shapes Project is intended to draw attention to each of us being a singularity, one of several billion human beings on Earth, and our collective failure to address emotional and practical implications thereof. The Shapes Project was initiated in 2005 and is expected to continue beyond the artist's lifetime. For conceptual continuity, each of the thirty-one billion shapes will be used only once, ensuring that every installation of The Shapes Project: Background Shapes is unique.
In his sculptures, drawings, and photographs, Allan McCollum applies the strategies of typologies and mass production to handmade objects, creating vast installations of small-scale works. In his 2006 Shapes Project, he designed a system to produce and keep track of unique graphic emblems for every person on earth. Shapes of Maine (2005-2008), an extension of the Shapes Project, is a pictorial history of the state via its craftspeople, comprising over 2,220 unique items in four categories, including wood ornaments and copper cookie cutters.
American, b. 1944, Los Angeles, California