Several years ago I discovered an old cigarette machine at the Whitney Museum that vends art, instead of cigarettes. It is in the gift shop and requires the purchase of a special token for $7.50 to use it. After pulling the knob, you receive an original piece of artwork the exact size of a package of cigarettes. These machines are located in arts institutions and museums throughout the country. Last year I submitted these small assemblages in solid color tones for consideration in the program. They were accepted and I became an official Art-o-mat artist! This is a photograph of the fifty finished pieces that went into the re-purposed machines all over the country. Each one was packaged in a box that was labeled "Object Lessons" by Penelope Cake. They are all sold out now, so I plan to make a whole new batch but I need more solid colored random pieces of junk to finish them. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Sal Lomanno, a childhood friend who I haven't been in contact with for about 40 years, invited me to visit her in Cape May, NJ. It was an amazing and inspiring experience. We talked for hours. We revisited ourselves as children and renewed ourselves as adults. We decided to create something together - to make a doll. We went hunting in thrift stores and junk stores to find the right materials. We didn't know what we were looking for, but found some things to start with. A soft maroon sweater is becoming the body, some toy oars will most likely be the legs, a vintage aluminum jello mold will be a hat, we'll use buttons for eyes, rick rack for a mouth and are hoping to make some wings out of a lace table runner. The process of creating a doll and recreating our friendship has begun. I look forward to the adventure!