We have shown entire galleries and slideshows where artists have started with garbage and turned it into art; James Carl does the opposite, and takes artists’ traditional materials like marble and turns it into garbage, like this series of takeout containers. Long before bottled water was a big issue, he played with the stuff. James Carl tries to describe the piece:

It takes root in codes — electrical, civil, horticultural, aesthetic — and it accepts these as its first principles and material resources. It attempts to make object those regulatory axioms which define its social and historical situation. fountain is a monument to obeyance; it dispenses observance; and through its complicity and compliance, attaches itself to the site and to the world.

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