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Tom Sachs

Untitled ('I loved my sister's Barbie so very much. My parents, afraid that I'd turn out gay, encouraged carpentry. In secrecy I made my own. It wasn't love, only lust.'), 2013

Plywood, hardwood, and Vectran
5 1/2 × 3/4 × 1/8 in
14 × 1.9 × 0.3 cm
location
Austin
Tom Sachs
American, b. 1966
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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."

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Tom Sachs
American, b. 1966
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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."

Tom Sachs

Untitled ('I loved my sister's Barbie so very much. My parents, afraid that I'd turn out gay, encouraged carpentry. In secrecy I made my own. It wasn't love, only lust.'), 2013

Plywood, hardwood, and Vectran
5 1/2 × 3/4 × 1/8 in
14 × 1.9 × 0.3 cm
location
Austin
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