The Bluebird of Happiness and the Miner's Canary
Sculpture, 300 x 80 x 90 cm.
Materials: Hat rack base (american black walnut wood), truck rear-view mirror, deer antler, television antena, paint brushes, acrylic paint, drumsticks, pins, oak sapling
Collection: Hunting Collection, the Netherlands (Inv. no. JD2452).
"I was rum ageing through some junk in the Piemonte area of Italy and found the base of this sculpture. It had been a beautiful, hand‐made base for a hat rack made of American black walnut wood, so damaged by worms, that it had been thrown away. I took it to my studio in Rome, treated for all infestations and then put a special hardening agent on the areas that were rotten. I then varnished the entire thing and let it sit in my studio while it thought. (...)
I had in my Studio some brightly colored clothes pins, which looked a little like birds so I stuck them on to the top of the sculpture. One looked like the blue bird of happiness and one looked like the miner's canary. And I wondered what kind of song these two birds would sing. The sculpture itself said, 'classic rock'." [read the full text bellow]
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Jimmie Durham – A Matter ...
25 May 2012 - 18 November 2012.
In the spring of 2012, the M HKA brought a major retrospective of the work of Jimmie Durham. The US-born artist settled permanently in Europe
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Jimmie Durham 1994 - 2012
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