Perfectly Destroyed Toys: Exhibit A

Perfectly Destroyed Toys, Process & Aethetics

Toys don’t last long in the hands of a kid. Parts go missing, wheels fall off and limbs get amputated. Usually an old, broken toy is a sad sight. But there are exceptions when time and abuse transform a toy into something magical, an exquisite ruin much more interesting than  what came out of the box. Exhibit A: something I found in the sandbox of a local playground.

Fisher-Price Little People Dump Truck

Fisher-Price Little People Dump Truck (front view)

I love found art. Always have. When I evaluate my own work, I look for an absence of effort on my part. Ideally, I should be a conduit, a means of turning something ethereal into something tangible. Put another way, I should be as involved in the creation of my art as a radio is in creating the songs it plays.

And if this sounds too artsy-fartsy, rest assured that I’ve installed a dishwasher by myself.

Fisher Price Little People Dump Truck

Fisher-Price Little People Dump Truck (side view)

I tried making a painting of this and it was a flop. It was like making a painting of Michelangelo’s Pieta. Completely unnecessary.

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