The commodification of the commonplace has become a running theme of the COVID-19 pandemic. Having made homebodies of us all, COVID-19 has created absurd rolling shortages, of flour, hair dye, and of course, toilet paper. This was the genesis of the ongoing work by the Rolls & Tubes Collective. In this work, each of the four artists has reinterpreted a known photograph in the arc of contemporary, and the history of photography, utilizing toilet paper as an element of the image.
My prior work has one thread throughout--to create work on known themes (Hurricane Katrina; Camping; Monument Removal) and examining anomalous margins of the prevailing story. I see this effort by Rolls & Tubes as very much in keeping with this thread.
Pandemic Frenzy, 2020 / after Anna and Bernhard Blume, Kitchen Frenzy, 1986
Last Tubes, near The Fillmore, United States, 2020 / after Albert Renger-Patzsch, Blast Furnaces, near Lubeck, Germany, 1927
Helicoid: Maximal Wipe, 2020, after Hiroshi Sugimoto, Helicoid: Minimal Surface, 2004
Moonburned TP#34 (As needed, Western Addition, California), 2020/ after Chris McCaw, Sunburned GSP#839 (Every 30 minutes, Arctic Circle, Alaska), 2015
Untitled, 2020 / after Jerry McMillan, Untitled, 1975