Handbook for the Anthropocene, Volume 2 - Displaced Places: West Africa Becomes Here (at SPACES gallery)
SPACES gallery in Cleveland is currently showing the People's Museum of Revisionist Natural Itstory (PMRNI), a mini-museum in the encyclopedic fashion as a critique of the traditional natural history museums of the last century. I've got a few items on offer at the gallery including these vaccuum-wrapped clay bodies (description below) in an edition of 18.
The label description reads:
"You are holding in your hands a chunk of the earth from a place that is nowhere near where you are standing now. This is a piece of clay from an attapulgite quarry near Thiès, Senegal, West Africa. The supply chain has enabled this chunk of place to be in your present location. In this way, the supply chain is kind of like a geologic force, but it is stronger than nature because no natural forces could have moved this clay as far and as fast as has the supply chain. The owner of the clay quarry where this chunk of earth came from decided that a real place could become dislocated from it’s geographic context, turned into a product (in this case, absorbant (sic) cat litter), and then shipped to wholesalers and manufacturers on another continent. Ultimately, when this chunk of clay is discarded, it will enter the geologic context of wherever it is dumped, immigrating, and over time assimilating, to the geography of its new found home. This displaced place can be replaced in your own backyard or kept on a shelf as a reminder of the mobility of land and “place” in our present time."
These clay blocks will be available for $200/each at SPACES until January 15 2016.