Thursday, March 4, 2010

He is making cups


I came across an interesting artist tonight named Ehren Tool. He makes cups. I didn't actually come across him, or his actual cups, but a depiction of a performative work. It was at the Museum of Contemporary Craft and involved 1) a letter from Ehren to Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, a defense contractor, etc, explaining that he was a marine for several years during the first Gulf War and that he had made them a cup. The letter also contained a personal statement to the subject of the letter about the prudence of war; and 2) a picture of the cup he made and sent to the subject; and 3) a letter from Karl Rove, John Negreponte, etc, thanking him for the cup and his service in the United States Marines. Each of the three part letter/picture/response sets were framed together and he had at least 7 or 8 of them on display. The cups looked like they were terracotta and some had the presidential seal stamped into them and some had a relief of bombs and what not. In a few of the letters, he mentioned that the cup is food safe. This work was part of a larger exhibit at the Museum that is going to range over several months and is very ambitious called Gestures of Resistance. Looks like Ehren will be in Portland throwing his cups in June and I can go meet him.

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Leslie said...

You know what is really funny about this, Tex? Is that ALL THIS TIME, I was literally thinking that he would be "throwing" and smashing the cups at MoCC during his residency and it was only after dinner last night that I investigated this further and realized that he would be "throwing" cups on the pottery wheel! DUH! I can only imagine that this notion came to me because of the strange, backwards way that Gestures of Resistance is unfolding at the Museum. It's not often that the process is so much more important than the beautification of the end produc, as is the case with this exhibition and the residencies that contribute to the installation at the Museumt! HA! I am hilariously snapped back into ceramicist reality and look forward to this "throwing!"

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