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. 


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. He 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 the impact of...
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