Whatever specific meaning the artist puts into a work, it will always retain its promise as a gift, its destiny as a keepsake. This is the artwork I am interested in making: an object filled with the absence of certain meaning, and yet rich with the quality of meaningfulness in and of itself.
In his sculptures, drawings, and photographs, Allan McCollum applies the strategies of typologies and mass production to handmade objects, creating vast installations of small-scale works.
Allan McCollumCollection of 9 Perfect Vehicles, 1988enamel paint on hydrostone9 x 49.5 x 24 cm
3 8/16 x 19 7/16 x 9 7/16 in
Allan McCollumCollection of Six Plaster Surrogates, 1988acrylic on plaster24.3 x 101.5 x 2.9 cm
9 9/16 x 39 15/16 x 1 2/16 in
I Blue ref:M-20 PL187-20 size: 16,7cm x 10,3cm x 1,9cm
II Red ref:M-13 PL 185-13 size: 24,0cm x 18,5cm x 2,9cm
III Green ref:M-15 PL 216-15 size: 21,7cm x 15,8cm x 2,9cm
IV Pink ref:M-18 PL 207-18 size: 15,4cm x 12,7cm x 1,9cm
V Yellow ref:M-14 PL 203-14 size: 24,3cm x 15,3cm x 2,6cm
VI Grey ref:M-17 PL 606-17 size: 17,8cm x 10,2cm x 1,9cm
9 1/2 x 39 3/4 x 3/4 in
Allan McCollumPerfect Vehicles (five vessels), 1986Enameled hydrocal50 x 21 x 21 cm
19 10/16 x 8 4/16 x 8 4/16 in
each : 50 x 21 x 21 cm
Allan McCollumCollection of Seven Plaster surrogates, 1985enamel on hydrostone plaster in seven partsFour surrogates size: 7 x 4 inches (17.8 x 10.2 cm)
One surrogate size: 6 1/8 x 5 inches (15.6 x 12.7 cm)
One surrogate size: 5 x 4 inches (12.7 x 10.2 cm)
One surrogate size: 8 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches (21.9 x 15.9 cm)
Each are signed, numbered and dated on reverse
Four surrogates size: 17.8 x 10.2 cm
One surrogate size: 15.6 x 12.7 cm
One surrogate size: 12.7 x 10.2 cm
One surrogate size: 21.9 x 15.9 cm
Allan McCollumCollection of Three Plaster Surrogates, 1984enamel paint on hydrostone50.8 x 120 x 4.4 cm
20 x 47 3/16 x 1 11/16 in
Allan McCollumThree individual "Plaster Surrogates", 1984enamel on cast hydrocal plaster in three partsa) 21,6 x 16,5 x 2 cm
b) 15,2 x 12,7 x 2 cm
c) 15,2 x 10 x 2,2 cm
Allan McCollumCollection of Five Plaster Surrogates, 1982-1990enamel paint on hydrostone51 x 40,5 cm
43,5 x 25,5 cm
40,6 x 33.3 cm
51 x 40,5 cm
41 x 30,5 cm
a: 51 x 40,5 cm
b: 43,5 x 25,5 cm
c: 40,6 x 33.3 cm
d: 51 x 40,5 cm
d: 41 x 30,5 cm
It's fascinating and touching that people work so hard to build an imminent meaning into things; that they pursue their desire to produce symbolic objects for themselves to keep, and to exchange with others. In our culture, an artwork is an object of this kind; and whatever specific meaning the artist works to put into it, it will always retain its promise as a gift, its destiny as a keepsake.
Allan McCollum was born 1944, in Los Angeles, California.
Allan McCollum creates sculptures exploring the correlation between the individuality of an object as well as its derivation from mass production, reflecting on today’s society. Inspired by the Fluxus movement and artworks by conceptual artists, such as Sol LeWitt and Daniel Buren, Allan McCollum introduced an artistic process of studio manufacture of sculptural objects made in unlimited editions. He is creating a seemingly infinite number of objects, indiscernible from one another, displayed on walls or laid out on tables. Using the multiple as a point of departure, McCollum questions...
John Armleder, Donald Baechler, Ross Bleckner, Peter Halley, Sol Lewitt, Robert Mangold, Allan McCollum, Peter Saul, ...1986 29.10.2020 - 5.01.2021 Gallery - Brussels - BelgiumIn the history of the United States, the year 1986 is remarkable for its major developments in science, technology and mass culture, marking a period of breakthrough and upheaval. IBM unveiled the very first laptop computer, the protocol for what would later become e-mail was designed, Halley's Comet became the...
ARCO Madrid 202020.02 - 1.03.2020ARCOmadrid is the international meeting point for exchange between Europe and Latin America. The fair enjoys the distinction of having been the first fair in...
BRAFA 202026.01 - 2.02.2020The Brafa Art Fair, created in 1956, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art fairs, famous for the high quality fine art,...
TEFAF Maastricht 201916 - 24.03.2019Established in 1988, TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent fair of art and antiques. TEFAF champions the finest quality art from across the...
BRAFA 201827.01 - 4.02.2018The Brafa Art Fair, created in 1956, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art fairs, famous for the high quality fine art,...
EXPO Chicago 2017Ron Gorchov 13 - 17.09.2017We are delighted to participate for the second consecutive year in EXPO Chicago! This year, you can find us both at Booth 120 and at...
ARCO Madrid 201723 - 25.02.2017