7 Must-Own Works from Watermill’s Auction
Rebecca Bronfein Raphael
Shelter Serra has spent years developing a career replicating the objects of everyday life out of materials such as copper, cast resin, and plaster. This work is a rock-solid replica of a Hermes bag, fashioned in a bright bubblegum pink, its functionality removed. Serra’s work brings questions of pop cultural identity, consumerism, and ephemerality to the fore.
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While garnering popular attention with his design of a fake functionless plastic Rolex replica watch, Shelter Serra has spent years developing a career replicating the objects of everyday life. Cars, pipes, water bottles, handbags and engine components are just a few of the sculptural subjects that the artist has rendered in materials including copper, cast resin, and plaster. By removing these consumer objects from the realm of functionality he offers commentary on the nature of art and utility, exploring ideas of artificiality and producing incisive critiques of mass consumption and cultural identity.
American , b. 1972, Bolinas, California, based in New York, New York