While most artists take the utmost care in the transport of their artworks, Walead Beshty actually wanted the exact opposite.
In his series Fedex, the LA-based photographer made glass vitrines that are the same shape and size of standard shipping boxes. Without added padding to protect the fragile contents, Beshty had Fedex deliver the items across the country to his exhibitions.
And as expected of many (if not all) mail carriers, the rough handling left his glass sculptures cracked and shattered – just as Beshty intended to! Each item was then titled by its delivery date, tracking number, and box size.
The series, which ran from 2005 to 2014, was an unconventional glimpse at package delivery and the ‘fingerprints’ the couriers left on each item.
“I was interested in how art objects acquire meaning through their context and through travel, what Buren called, something like, ‘the unbearable compromise of the portable work of art’, said Beshty.
“So, I wanted to make a work that was specifically organized around its traffic, becoming materially manifest through its movement from one place to another.”
Watch Beshty talk more about the series by heading over here.
Via This Is Colossal