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"No Knife"

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White rectangular metal trashcan with cafeteria style grey plastic tray, metal soup and teaspoons/fork; plate and cup with glass tumbler.

The label accompanying the hack display read: No Knife

A Study in Mixed Media Earth Tones, Number Three

Realized by James Tetazoo December 1984

The artist's mode d'emploi relies upon minimalist kinematic methods: space and time are frozen in a staid reality of unrestrained sexuality. Temporary occasionalism, soon overcome by symbolic nihility, pervades our earliest perception of the work. An overturned throwaway obelisk functions as symbolic pedestal; the work rests upon a manifestation of grey toned absence. Epicurean imagery is employed most effectively by Tetazoo; the glass, the porcelain, the plastic move in conflicting directions and yet are joined in a mood of stark pacifism. The sterile lateralism of the grouped utensils (sans knife), conveys a sense of eternal ennui, framed within the subtle ambience of discrete putrefaction. The casual formalism of the place setting draws upon our common internal instinct of existential persistence to unify us with the greater consciousness of human bondage.

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