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Estimated value: $4,500

Mac Premo makes mixed-media assemblages that are meant to provoke audiences, either to interact with the work or to examine their relationship with art. In works like Making Stuff is Wicked Gay, the artist combines found and crafted materials with a distinctly retro sensibility and surrealist …

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“The object itself was not important, Premo explained, but it was powerful as “a mnemonic device” that recalled those simpler times. “I’m using it to hold a memory,” he said.” – Sam Dolnick, The New York Times
Mac Premo is an “American stuffmaker” whose assemblages, sculpture, and animations use found and collected …

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Totally Stick Your Head Inside This Hole (2010) is more than the title of one of Mac Premo’s interactive assemblages; it is his open invitation to reflect on how and why we create elaborate systems to process common occurrences. An Emmy Award-winning animator, Premo is also known as a visual artist for his mixed-media assemblage and installation. The appearance of his small wooden concoctions suggests early-20th-century mechanical devices, but their levers and lenses are intended to evoke Surrealist traditions rather than to function. Premo finds meaning in fusing together disparate “stuff,” because, “only through engaging in the almost absurd cycle of macro systems do you find things worth living for, like your wife, baseball, or a handsome piece of wood,” he says.

Exhibitions
2015
Re:PurposedRingling Museum of Art

MAKING STUFF IS WICKED GAY, 2010

Mixed media assemblage
20 × 14 × 4 in
50.8 × 35.6 × 10.2 cm
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Estimated value: $4,500

Mac Premo makes mixed-media assemblages that are meant to provoke …

Independent Curators International (ICI) Benefit Auction

“The object itself was not important, Premo explained, but it was powerful as “a mnemonic device” …

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist

Totally Stick Your Head Inside This Hole (2010) is more than the title of one of Mac Premo’s interactive assemblages; it is his open invitation to reflect on how and why we create elaborate systems to process common occurrences. An Emmy Award-winning animator, Premo is also known as a visual artist for his mixed-media assemblage and installation. The appearance of his small wooden concoctions suggests early-20th-century mechanical devices, but their levers and lenses are intended to evoke Surrealist traditions rather than to function. Premo finds meaning in fusing together disparate “stuff,” because, “only through engaging in the almost absurd cycle of macro systems do you find things worth living for, like your wife, baseball, or a handsome piece of wood,” he says.

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