7 Must-Own Works from Watermill’s Auction
Rebecca Bronfein Raphael
Separating luxury objects from their functionality allows Shelter Serra to critique artificiality in modern society. He lampoons the concept of exclusivity by mass producing plastic Rolex watches and silicone Birkin bags. Urging us to reflect upon the deeper cultural meaning of objects, Serra gold-plates a bottle of 409, and lovingly silkscreens the graphics of a candy wrapper in Tootsie Pop (Red Box Cars). Serra has been the focus of solo exhibitions across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Framed. 7 x 9 in.
Signature: Signed on verso
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist & Gary Lichtenstein Editions
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