The Shapes Project: Shapes from Maine Shapes Silhouettes n°73-84, 2005 - 2008

Basel 2017
mfc-michèle didier
Mixed Media
12 hand-cut silhouettes on acid-free paper mounted on museum cardboard
Unique work
21.9 x 16.8 x 1.9 Size (cm)
8.6 x 6.6 x 0.7 Size (in)
Allan McCollum "The Shapes Project: Shapes From Maine Shapes Silhouettes" n°73-84 2005 - 2008 Collection of 12 unique silhouettes Each one is mounted on framed Hand-cut silhouette on acid-free paper mounted on museum cardboard 21.9 × 16.8 × 1.9 cm each silhouette Unique work "The Shapes Silhouettes" are produced in the framework of Allan McCollum's Shapes Project, a project initiated in 2005: the artist created a system for producing over 31 billion different and unique shapes, each shape destined to be assigned to a single individual. Finding its method in the analysis of mass production, "The Shapes Project" proposes a paradox: the artist’s wish to produce a work of art at a massive scale, but at the same time ensuring that none of these objects, although created from the same mold, are similar. A series of unique works, all derived from this project, were made in different kinds of materials, such as the "Ornaments", hand-cut wooden shapes, or here the "Silhouettes", shapes cut out of black paper.