Daniel Petraitis, ‘Jay-Z's Tomb’, 2014, VICTORI+MO CONTEMPORARY

“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

Series: Each of the works in this series (The Bats 2014, Tomb 2014, Bic 2013) is representative of iconic objects or images. They are extracted from life and shown isolated from the world they inhabit. These works all imply some form of subtle violence. Each piece is also about fame or ideas of worship of a rap or rock or sport or art star. There is a relationship to these seemingly divergent aspects of the work; desire, power and (cliché as it is) death. But what isn’t cliché, what hasn’t been seen or said or thought. Each of these object are know and understood in so many different contexts, they are all so recognizable. Now they are elevated out of, or beyond, their normalcy.

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