APF Edition [TK], 2012 - Josephine Meckseper

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Josephine Meckseper's edition supports her monumental installation created in collaboration with the Art Production Fund.

Manhattan Oil Project by Josephine Meckseper is the second installation at The Last Lot project space, on 46th Street and 8th Avenue in New ...

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Josephine Meckseper's edition supports her monumental installation created in collaboration with the Art Production Fund.

Manhattan Oil Project by Josephine Meckseper is the second installation at The Last Lot project space, on 46th Street and 8th Avenue in New York City. In Manhattan Oil Project, Meckseper will present two new monumental kinetic sculptures, each standing 25 feet tall. These full scale sculptures are inspired by mid 20th century oil pumps the artist discovered in Electra, a boarded-up town once famous for being the pump jack capital of Texas.

Each sculpture is fully motorized to simulate the motions of a working oil pump. Placed in a vacant lot next to Times Square, the black and red steel structures slowly creak in the ceaseless oscillations of phantom oil excavation. The pump jacks recall the ruins of ghost towns, forgotten monuments of America's decaying industrial past. This pairing of the pump jacks and the Times Square location merges a classic symbol of American oil production and wealth with the center of New York City commercial culture.

"I hope to draw parallels between the American industrial system, transitioning from a past of heavy industry, factories, and teamsters and the disembodied present of electronic mass-media, surface advertising, and consumerism—so clearly embodied in Times Square," explained Meckseper, "The critical placement of the pumps is a conceptual gesture that raises questions about business and capital; land use and resources; wealth and decay; decadence and dependence."

The oil pump sculptures formally refer to the large-scale kinetic sculptures of Jean Tinguely, Alexander Calder, and Mark Di Suvero. Yet, though mirroring the forms and materials of the mid-century oil industry, Meckseper locates her work firmly inside the contemporary debate about American business, wealth, and consumerism. The pumps are intended as ignition points for critical discussion engaged directly with modern life, as opposed to operating in the realm of disengaged abstract geometries. They evoke speculation about a functional reality and the notion of use value.

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About the Artist

About Josephine Meckseper

The German-born New Yorker Josephine Meckseper's installations, photographs, and films mix politics and consumerism. Often they are carefully styled to look like advertisements or ...

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The German-born New Yorker Josephine Meckseper's installations, photographs, and films mix politics and consumerism. Often they are carefully styled to look like advertisements or shop-window displays, but a closer look reveals photographs of protests or counter-cultural paraphernalia. Meckseper has appeared in two Whitney Biennials and has had solo shows at Zurich's Migros Museum fur Gegenwartkunst and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, among other venues. In a temporary project by the Art Production Fund, she recently installed two replicas of mid-20th-century oil pumps in an empty lot near Times Square.

Click here to read about "Platform," Josephine Meckseper's exhibition of car art at the Parrish Museum.

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APF Edition [TK], 2012

Josephine Meckseper

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Size Price
32.00" x 44.00" $6,500
Edition of 20

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Digital Print on Mirrored Acrylic

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This work comes in a frame measuring 33" x 46".

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