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