Roxy Paine (American, b. 1966)
Numbered "S2-P2-09" on the bottom.
Orange polyethylene, 17 1/2 x 26 x 19 in. (44.5 x 66.0 x 48.3 cm).
Condition: Surface grime.
N.B. Roxy Paine, a New York contemporary artist, created SCUMAK (Auto Sculpture Maker,1998–2001), a computer controlled plastics extruder made of aluminum and stainless steel with a conveyor belt (890 x 73 x 276 in.). SCUMAK dips molten plastic to create one-of-a-kind organic form sculptures. In his machine-driven works, Paine removes the artist's hand from the creative process and uses computer programming to create organic forms that juxtapose nature with man-made environments. Art historian Jonathan Fineburg wrote that "The beauty of the machine and the eccentricity of the results are also a paean to the romantic. Paine positions both his gardens and his machines at a fluid interface of man, nature, and science; they take the viewer to an intuitive experience of the liminal place at which scientists have arrived as they begin to redesign the human genome and connect living neurons with silicon chips."
[Source: Fineburg, Jonathan, Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being, Second Edition, (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000), pp. 498-499.]
Dust and dirt accumulated in the crevices. The fine details of the material seem to be intact.
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