We are living in an open edition
"A commodity appears, at first sight, a very trivial thing, and easily understood. Its analysis shows that it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties."
Karl Marx, Capital, Volume One
I photograph various species of trash among other artifacts of contemporary life as proxies for the human gestures that create, crush, crumple and convert these mechanically reproduced copies into uniques. Every Dunkin’ bag begins indistinguishable from another but one touch with a user renders each vessel quintessentially unique. I document the discarded bags on-site (with a camera I keep with me) and silhouette one aspect, the distressed logo form, to spotlight its transformation. Reunited as images in this investigation, our remains demonstrate the connected nature of its participants and present an opportunity to recalibrate our values.
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2020, archival pigment print, 13 in. x 19 in. each, ed. 13
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2021, archival pigment print, 30 in. x 45 in., ed. 9