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 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

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