How Tom Sachs Uses Art to Put His Fingerprints on Industry
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Please note that this work is priceless. Courtesy of the artist
Referencing the famous idiom attributed to the 16th-century tea master Sen no Rikyu, “one time, one meeting,” this tea bowl (chawan) making lesson with internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. New York-based sculptor Tom Sachs is best known for his irreverent recreations of modern icons. With Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony in 2016, Sachs became the first artist other than Isamu Noguchi to have a solo exhibition at the Noguchi Museum. In conjunction with that exhibition he hosted the one-night event NODATE Tea Ceremony with an Urasenke Tea Master at Japan Society. This one-hour lesson at Sachs’ NYC studio includes all materials for making your tea bowl, as well as the firing, glazing and delivery of the bowl. This experience is transferrable and must be redeemed in the next twelve months.
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A self-proclaimed bricoleur, Tom Sachs engages with high art, disposable consumer culture, and everything in between. Critiquing the speed and regularity with which a materialistic society replaces commodities, Sachs uses both a profusion of commercial icons in his work and builds his own functioning versions of consumer goods using re-purposed items, such as the glossy, black Prada Toilet (1997), a workable toilet constructed out of Prada’s up-market packaging, with the company’s logo prominently displayed on the sculpture. Sachs’s works are emphatically process-oriented, an expression of the artist’s DIY spirit, divulging even the flaws of his complex and labor-intensive projects. On ongoing theme in Sachs' work is outer space. He has said that "NASA is the ultimate status symbol in technology, the highest technology."
American, b. 1966, New York, New York, based in New York, New York