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Joe Scanlan


I conceive and construct objects that address particular needs of my practical life, and yet at the same time contribute to the question and evolution of art.

The relationship of an objects’ utility to its aesthetic value and identity is inherent to my work. Utility is an interesting characteristic for an object to have, since it validates the objects existence but also threatens it. To light a candle is to both use it and destroy it.

Some of the works address the particular problem of working in my apartment: the coexistence of cutting wood, sewing, painting and assembling with eating, sleeping, bathing and watching TV.