Mike Shaffer

Object Works

Lake Hebeeb, Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland, MD 

Hangers On,  17 x 17 x 4 inches, 1992

Tick Tock Green Box, 16 x 15 x 3 inches, 1996

 

Like many artists, I accumulated an enormous variety of smallish objects, things and doodads over the years and could not help but work up a group of medium sized creations originally called the "Objets Trouvé 

Series." Most contain, a milieu of acrylics, oils, polymers, adhesives and who-knows-what-all and several have working clocks with batteries, thermometers, calculators and containers for fresh flowers etc. All are visibly signed and range from 8 to 48 inches in height by maybe 8 inches in depth. Most were done between the years 1988 through 1999. There are 51 works in this series.

Blue Spoon, 14 x 14 x 4 inches, 1996

Off-white Knight, 16 x 16 x 5 inches, 1997

Push Button Light Beep, 48 x 32 x 12 inches, 1997

Auto Care Nightmare, 22 x 16 x 7 inches, 1992

I was impressed years ago by the way Raushenberg used objects in his paintings but most of this early works and those by others such as Schnabel had a "mostly paintings" quality about them.

 

"Push Button" (Left) was designed to be plugged into an electrical outlet via an attached extension cord. It jumps to a brighter state when approached and is interactive allowing viewers to dim or turn lights on and off and cause sounds to be produced.  

Target Ten, 23 x 23 x5 inches, 1996