The Dangers of Petrification I

Jimmie Durham


Installation, variable dimensions.
Materials: stone, paper, knife, ceramics

Collection: Courtesy de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich.

"This piece began with a different kind of human craziness: the phenomenon of things reminding us of, or looking like, other things. Walking along, I pick up a stone. “This looks like a potato,” I say. Over years of walking around Europe, I have found a petrified slice of an apple, petrified pecorino, petrified pumpernickel, petrified cake, and various kinds of candy, among other curiosities. On the banks of the Po River, I found a petrified cloud." [full text here]

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