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Car Seat

Car Seat

Artist: Thomas Barrow (born 1938 Kansas City, Missouri; lives Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1994 - 1996
Medium: chair, plastic, paint, found objects, photographs and collage
Dimensions:
38 x 22 3/4 x 23 in. (96.5 x 57.8 x 58.4 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Jonathan Abrams and Fay Pfaelzer Abrams
Object number: PC2014.1.4
DescriptionMixed media, photographs, and toy cars attached to a chair. Chair has four legs and wheels.

Abrams # 240.
On view
Label Text:Nothing is sacred in Thomas Barrow’s art world. He intentionally blurs distinctions between art categories: fine art and popular culture; tastefulness and kitsch; photography and sculpture; beautiful and ugly; two dimensions and three; and functional or not. Car Seat contradicts the normal meanings and connotations of art as beautiful and exalted. What remains is a work that reflects the contradictions of modern life and our inability to define the world around us in clear terms. Barrow’s point is that all objects can be transformed by their changing contexts into aestheticized objects, into art.