Mike Shaffer

Object Works

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Lake Hebeeb, Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland, MD 

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Hangers On,  17 x 17 x 4 inches, 1992

Hangers On,  17 x 17 x 4 inches, 1992

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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 this group of medium sized creations. 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 range from 8 to 48 inches in height by maybe 8 inches in depth. The group was started in 1988 and is usually added to each year or so.

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Blue Spoon, 14 x 14 x 4 inches, 1996

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

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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 his early works and those by others such as Schnabel had a "mostly paintings" quality about them. I suppose the works in this series could be considered to be reliefs but the forward material is applied to a dissimilar background if that matters and they are all abstract.

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The big Push Button piece at 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 the lights to be dimmed or turned on or off and cause sounds to be produced.  

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Target Ten, 23 x 23 x5 inches, 1996