VOX POPULI: Objects of Desire...

“I just happen to like ordinary things. When I paint them,

I don’t try to make them extraordinary.

I just try to paint them ordinary-ordinary.”

Andy Warhol

Blame it on Andy Warhol.

Images of ordinary domestic objects, toys, and food are ripe with associations that we easily connect with.

During the later 1970s, I took this photo in the kitchen of my apartment in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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I began taking lots of photos of small still life shots of ordinary things and have continued to enjoy seeing the mundane framed as special. Often one single item is best, in the tradition of vintage flash cards…

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I have collected my own personal archive of Objects of Desire. These are just a few

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Can’t you smell the waxiness?

I admire the work of two local painters who make complex and varied work, but each as also produced a series of small paintings featuring one single item that fall into this category of Objects of Desire, domestic objects or toys—Candace Masters and Sara Zak.

Another local artist draws and paints Objects of Desire, such as your favorite metal Monopoly game markers (mine is the Thimble) or favorite toy figures. A.J. Fries has recently made a small painting a day for a year—all appealing everyday items, such as cupcake, jelly donut, rubber duck, butter lamb, paper bag, and 360 other things.

All will be on view January 5th (6-9pm) at 515 Main Street in Buffalo. Find out more here.