Yuji Agematsu has been transforming the raw material of life into art for nearly thirty years. In the Zip series, an array of objects—collected during the artist’s daily walks through New York City—are displayed on shelves, with each unit of shelves representing a month’s collecting. The pieces are both a record of his wanderings and a repository for the residue of our collective consumption. Collector, curator, and archivist, he states: “I walk around the city during the night too. The empty streets have a feeling akin to a beach when the tide is low. The objects are left where both big and small waves of the consumerist society have ebbed; people call them rubbish, waste, trash, and so on, which nevertheless talk to me, even eloquently at times.”
Mixed media (wood, latex paint, drywall screws, cigarette cellophane wrapper, gum, string, road salt, deodorant cake, tin foil, concrete rubble, glass, mint candy, aluminum shavings, a fly, jewelry, cardboard lollipop stick, white foam, hair, rolled cigarette butt, crushed aluminum can, toffee, paper, ceramic, plastic bag shred)
shelf dimensions: 11 x 2 1/2 x 30 in. (27.9 x 6.4 x 76.2 cm)
other (each object (31 total)): 2 x 2 1/2 in. (5.1 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
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Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Gallerist Award
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Yuji Agematsu (Japanese, born 1956). Zip; 01-01-12....01-31-12, 2012. Mixed media (wood, latex paint, drywall screws, cigarette cellophane wrapper, gum, string, road salt, deodorant cake, tin foil, concrete rubble, glass, mint candy, aluminum shavings, a fly, jewelry, cardboard lollipop stick, white foam, hair, rolled cigarette butt, crushed aluminum can, toffee, paper, ceramic, plastic bag shred), shelf dimensions: 11 x 2 1/2 x 30 in. (27.9 x 6.4 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Gallerist Award, 2012.30.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2012.30.1_PS9.jpg)
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