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Box Fan Summer / Radford, VA (200 Series)

$200.00

Medium: Oil/Acrylic/Water Sketch + Xylene Manipulated Transfer

Substrate: 1.4MB 3.5 Floppy Disk Formatted for Sony Mavica 1 Megapixel Film Roll

Mavica Data:  When my truck broke down in Raleigh on the way to Philadelphia.. I ended up staying there for a few months. I had met a guy named Jeremy who lived out in Radford, VA.. a town that was in the deep rural western portion of Virginia. I stayed with him for a week, and we bonded on being gay and heavily tattooed (it was 2000, so wasn’t really a lot of queer tattooed guys out there). He lived in this apartment above a gas station. All I can remember is that he had no A/C, .. just a box fan that hummed gloriously during a BRUTALLY hot but magical summer. I ended up taking the box fan out of the window just to take a picture from his apartment. Here are two photos from that night on this disk.

Size: The “200 Series” for Cowboy Wasabi are built onto a 5 x 5  background encased in a 6.25 x 6.25 frame. Both the art, background, and frame are hand drawn + triple poly sealed.

Extras: Each piece comes with a placard containing series information, film roll images + their stories.

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Series Information: For graduating college in the late nineties, I received a piece of revolutionary technology called a ‘digital camera’. The first one out in the market was a Sony Mavica, which was a ONE MEGAPIXEL heavy brick of a device on a sling that used 3.5 floppy disks as film. The idea that you could take a picture and IMMEDIATELY see what you had taken was such an amazing concept to me. For years this device was glued to me as I obsessively documented various people and places. Even after new tech evolved to memory cards and better resolution, I still kept using this camera because I had a nostalgic attachment to it and the way it kept data on 3.5 floppies. Twenty years later, while uploading these disks to my laptop one final time, I decided to reincarnate them into paintings. In all the art I do, I try and find new ways to create an integral connection between us through stories. I figured painting on a substrate of memorial data was a great way to achieve this. Each piece contains the photos I took while living in Atlanta, Philly, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, and beyond. This series, “Cowboy Wasabi”, is named over my first digital picture taken, which was an awkward selfie while wearing a cowboy hat in a sushi restaurant somewhere around Atlanta in 1999.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6.25 × 6.25 × 0.5 in
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