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Friends In The Desert

Friends In The Desert

Friends In The Desert 2004:  In Nevada, whether on The Strip or in the desert, one is only a stone’s throw from former sites of atomic weapons tests. Creative fantasy is abundant. The desert can be oppressive, the Sun spectacular. This can cause vision to be unreliable. The solitude can be enlightening. In a strange new place, friends can be imaginary. Driving around during the construction boom(pre-housing crisis), new uses of new materials were apparent. Charles recalled chats with the artist Robert Mallary while at Pratt. He considered industrial design as a career. In spite of the lethal consequences of some product design production/disposal, there was no denying the seductive fascination. He feels this unmitigated conflict is evident. He felt that paper pulp egg cartons and construction cement, looked very much alike. Most of these materials are day-to-day consumables, his own trash. Everything around him would become trash as well. The titles recall the artist’s youth, nicknames being a sign of acceptance into a group. Below are multiple views of individual sculptures. (These works evolved into Life-Death-Silver-Gold-Caviar which appear on another page).