Consumption

In this series I work with UPC codes, which function at the border of abstraction and representation. Using the language of minimalism, these abstractions become both products and signs of consumption. I ask families in the neighborhood to collect UPC bar codes from all packaged food consumed in their household over a period of time. I then use the bar codes to produce the family's consumption record, a collage or drawing which, if displayed with a UPC scanner allows the viewer to read [crack ] the codes. This series emerged as I was trying to grapple with the widening gap separating North and South, the comforting abundance that privileges those of us in the US despite an economic recession on the one hand, and the apalling scarcity of basic goods in Venezuela on the other.

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"Consumption #008"
[UPC bar codes of food packaging, family of five, two weeks]
Ink on Duralar 24" x 19"

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[detail]

 

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"Consumption #001"
[Installation at Muse/Reuse show 2010, shown with UPC barcode reader, Badé Museum]

 

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"Consumption #001"
[UPC bar codes of food packaging, family of three, three months]
Collage on wood, 12" x 12"

 

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"Consumption #002", (part 1)
[UPC bar codes of food packaging, family of three, eleven months]

 

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"Consumption #002", (parts 1 and 2)
[UPC bar codes of food packaging, family of three, eleven months]
Collage on Wood, 24" x 72"

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"Consumption #003"
[UPC bar codes of food packaging, family of four, nine and a half months]
Collage on Wood, 24" x 72" [detail]

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"Consumption #010"
[UPC bar codes of food packaging, family of four, two weeks]
Ink on Duralar 24" x 19"

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[detail]