ALLAN MCCOLLUM

 

Title: Visible Markers

Medium: Polymerized pigmented concrete

Size: 2 x 8 x 2 1/2 in.

Edition: Unlimited edition, signed and dated on bottom

Release: November 1997

Price: SOLD OUT

ALLAN McCOLLUM’s Visible Markers take the shape of thousands of multi-colored concrete blocks measuring 2” high by 8” long by 2 1/2” wide. Each block is cast in one of six colors; brick red, chocolate brown, coal black, stone grey, lemon yellow, lime green, and each bears a deep imprint of the word “Thanks”. The unlimited edition, the artist’s first multiple, is being published by I.C. Editions, a division of Susan Inglett Gallery. The project will be sold as a boxed set of six blocks in each of the six colors.

Visible Markers lend physical form to a common verbal gesture. The act of giving “Thanks” encourages our consideration of the behavior itself with attendant sentiments and motivations. The material quality of the concrete and the shape of the marker suggests diverse readings. The concrete evokes both monument and mausoleum while the shape is at once ingot and brick. The subtle shift in our understanding of Visible Markers parallels the subtle shift in usage and understanding of the word “Thanks”, heartfelt sentiment or acknowledgement of obligation.

With this project, perhaps more than with any other, the artist explores his notion of the art object as something that obtains it’s significance through the process of its exchange. rather than merely through its making and its presentation. He hopes that people will appreciate this project as both an object and an action.To encourage the exchange of “Thanks” the artist and I.C. Editions will give away one hundred single Visible Markers to friends and colleagues during the course of the exhibition of the project at Susan Inglett Gallery.

Allan McCollum has exhibited extensively internationally. His work has been featured recently in the exhibitions Museum as Muse and Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life at the Museum of Modern Art, at the White House in the exhibition Twentieth Century American Sculpture, and in Paris at the Pompidou Center’s L’Informe: Mode d’Emploi.


Title: More Visible Markers in Twelve Exciting Colors

Medium: Painted TufCal

Size: 4 diameter x 1 3/4 in. high

Edition: Unlimited edition, signed and dated on bottom

Release: November 2000

Price: SOLD OUT

ALLAN McCOLLUM’s More Visible Markers in Twelve Exciting Colors take the shape of hundreds of multi-colored circular tablets measuring 4” in diameter by 1 3/4” high. Each tablet is cast in hydrocal and painted in one of twelve colors: Storm Cloud Grey, Lemon Shine, Linen Sand, Tangy Orange, California Lilac, Stuart Gold, Light Khaki, Red Tulip, Springtime Bloom, Baby Boy Blue, Clearest Ocean Blue, and Fresh Scent Green. Each bears a deep imprint of the word “Thanks”. This project is another installment in a continuum of Visible Markers published by I.C. Editions, a division of Susan Inglett Gallery. The first was produced November 1997 as a series of six concrete ingots pigmented in six colors. Visible Markers lend physical form to a common verbal gesture. With this project, perhaps more than with any other, the artist explores his notion of the art object as something that obtains it’s significance through the process of its exchange, rather than merely through its making and its presentation. He hopes that by giving “Thanks” people will appreciate Visible Markers as both an object and an action. Allan McCollum has exhibited extensively internationally. His work has been featured recently in the exhibitions Museum as Muse and Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life at the Museum of Modern Art, at the White House in the exhibition Twentieth Century American Sculpture, and in Paris at the Pompidou Center’s L’Informe: Mode d’Emploi.