Since emigrating from Japan in 1980, Yuji Agematsu has taken daily strolls around New York City. The artist collects the litter he encounters on the sidewalks—ranging from cigarette butts and gum to trinkets and glass shards—and assembles it into clear pouches that he calls “zips.” This ritualistic practice creates a record of time and place, forming an unconventional portrait of the city and its millions of inhabitants through their discarded traces.
Mixed media (wood, latex paint, drywall screws, cigarette cellophane wrapper, gum, glitter, unlit match, copper, candy, rubber, plastic netting, hair, rocks, plastic toy, safety pins, popsicle stick, broken mirror shards, floss, computer chip, cardboard, bird skull, lint, Nerds candy, tree bark, shell fragment, tinsel)
shelf dimensions: 11 x 2 1/2 x 30 in. (27.9 x 6.4 x 76.2 cm)
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; 02-01-12....02-29-12, 2012. Mixed media (wood, latex paint, drywall screws, cigarette cellophane wrapper, gum, glitter, unlit match, copper, candy, rubber, plastic netting, hair, rocks, plastic toy, safety pins, popsicle stick, broken mirror shards, floss, computer chip, cardboard, bird skull, lint, Nerds candy, tree bark, shell fragment, tinsel), 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, 2012.30.2a-c. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2012.30.2_PS9.jpg)
overall, 2012.30.2_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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