work > upper and lower paleolithic cabinets

2019
interior drawing
ink on paper
2019
cabinet exterior drawing
ink on paper
2019
upper paleolithic cabinet
Formica laminate on wood panels with engraving
24"wide X 36"tall X 12"deep
2019

Our working title for the cabinet project is "Upper and Lower Paleolithic Kitchen Cabinets". The name (and the use of kitchen cabinetry) riffs off Chris Voorhees' and Simparch's Uppers and Downers,  Also, the Lascaux cave complex houses Upper Paleolithic art, which is understood to be among the earliest known forms of interior decor, while Formica laminate, as manipulated by our technological process, is among the most recent. 

Like Marcel Duchamp, when he simultaneously upset the art world and rendered a perfectly good urinal useless by sticking it in an art show in 1917, we share among many artists working today an interest in turning everyday objects into art, subverting the sacred statu​s art historians and collectors give to art objects. And, we believe "Upper and Lower Paleolithic Kitchen Cabinets" takes this subversion to the extreme, by synthesizing the common domestic interior object with perhaps the most historically "sacred" art object of all- the famous "Hall of Bulls" in Lascaux, France, supposedly from which all western art has descended. And, Lascaux' caves are believed to have been truly sacred to the people who painted its cave walls 20,000 years ago. 

However, unlike Duchamp, we ironize this subversion, and simultaneously Duchamp’s urinal, by employing careful artistic skill and laborious craftsmanship to the object, producing not only a powerful statement about art, but also both a strong work of art and a useful object.