Something for nothing

For Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles: An Exhibition about Dominoes
October 13, 2016 – February 11, 2017
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
The Silberman School of Social Work
2180 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10035

In October 2016, I received a commission from the Hunter East Harlem Gallery in New York to create a large-scale wall relief for a dominoes-themed exhibition. I made a Rube-Goldberg-inspired series of angled shelves supporting enlarged silhouettes and objects pulled from various games (chess, Mousetrap, Monopoly, a scopa deck). The balls, dominoes, house of cards and miniature Rubix cubes are positioned on the shelves to suggest an imminent chain reaction towards an uncertain end. The piece is titled Something for Nothing (after Prof. Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts), a reference to Rube Goldberg’s cartoon mechanical engineer, a character known for devising elaborate contraptions that ultimately perform simple tasks.