Allan McCollum | the artist
The artist Allan McCollum
Born 1944, Los Angeles, USA.
Lives and works in New York, .
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SURROGATES, PERPETUAL PHOTOS, PERFECT VEHICLES
Allan McCollum once asserted that a typical viewers relationship to a work of art is predicated on the de- sire to be involved in the Primal Scene, not out in the hall looking through the keyhole. It is, how- ever, precisely out in the metaphoric hall that McCollum has established an outpost, basing his oeuvre on the ways in which fantasies of immer- sion play themselves out in the fe-tishistic production, circulation, and consumption of art and other sym-bolic objects…
Allan McCollum began making the first works in his Perfect Vehicles series in 1985, presenting and re-presenting an iconic sculptural form in order to investigate the ways in which a single object can contain cultural meaning. All of the Perfect Vehicle sculptures bear the same shape—that of a Chinese ginger jar, a traditional vessel that has been extensively copied and reproduced for centuries. McCollum’s earliest works in the Perfect Vehicles series were just over a foot-and-a-half tall, and in 1988 he scaled them up to just over six-and-a-half-feet tall, the size of works presented at Doris C. Freedman Plaza—although these sculptures are shown on pedestals for the first time, raising the overall height to almost 10 feet. Perfect Vehicles at Doris C. Freedman Plaza marks the first time in more than a decade that McCollum has made new works in this series, and is also the artist’s first-ever outdoor exhibition in New York…