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“I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can”
That is co-opting power. That is fame. Fame is death.

The piece is a mold. The ability to remaking something over and over to mass-produce power and fame.

It is solid cast plaster, a classical art material. A minimalist art material. A ridiculously heavy object: pristine, fragile, and beautiful.

The flat brim look is particular to the present and fits so well into a box.
“I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can”
That is co-opting power. That is fame. Fame is death.

The piece is a mold. The ability to remaking something over and over to mass-produce power and fame.

It is solid cast plaster, a classical art material. A minimalist art material. A ridiculously heavy object: pristine, fragile, and beautiful.

The flat brim look is particular to the present and fits so well into a box.

  • Daniel Petraitis 2014

About Daniel Petraitis

Sculptor Daniel Petraitis calls each of his own works “an iteration of an object taken from my landscape; a lush urban environment saturated in pop culture.” Among his interests Petraitis lists the division of artistic and non-artistic forms of labor and the question what qualifies as an art object. He often uses laborious, craft-based techniques to create versions of objects that are commonly mass-produced. In his own words, the effect on his work is “the opposite of Minimalism—handmade, but that doesn’t look handmade.” Petraitis also renders his objects in unusual scales and materials. Waste and its paraphernalia—including empty bottles, trash bins, and dumpsters—are recurring motifs in Petraitis’s work.

American, b. 1981, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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