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Colleen Mullins

SPE Member since 1999
Member Chapter: West

Rolls & Tubes Collective

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.

Rolls and Tubes: A History of Photography

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

Untitled, 2020 / after Jerry McMillan, Untitled, 1975

Untitled, c. 2020 / after Gertrudes Altschul, Untitled, c. 1952

Chartum purgamentum init carota, 2020 / after Anna Atkins, Alaria esculenta, 1848–49

Tissue (Counterfeit), Contraband 2020 / after Taryn Simon, Khat (Prohibited), Contraband, 2010

Charmin, San Francisco, 2020 / after Harry Callahan, Eleanor, Chicago, 1947

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