During the Canadian/American softwood tariff dispute of the mid-80's, these Canadian softwoods were exported to the USA from Canada avoiding the 18% tax by declaring them as duty-free artworks.
Color photographs of the wood were nailed or stapled to the actual softwood blocks, and those blocks hung on the wall.
These works were exported to the Robbin Lockett Gallery in Chicago and the Josh Baer Gallery in New York.

Canadian Softwoods

"Canadian Softwood" 1987
"Canadian Softwood" 1987

Color photograph, wood, staples Dimensions: cut from 6" square wooden beam

"Canadian Softwood" 1987
"Canadian Softwood" 1987

Color photograph, wood, staples Dimensions: cut from 6" square wooden beam

"Canadian Softwoods" 1986
"Canadian Softwoods" 1986

Installation at Robbin Lockett Gallery, Chicago Color photograph, wood, nails or staples Dimensions variable

"Canadian Softwoods" 1986
"Canadian Softwoods" 1986

Installation at The Power Plant, Toronto Color photographs, wood, nails or staples Dimensions variable

"Canadian Softwoods" 1986
"Canadian Softwoods" 1986

Color photographs, wood, nails or staples Dimensions variable

"Canadian Softwoods" 1986
"Canadian Softwoods" 1986

Color photographs, wood, nails Dimensions: left: cut from 8" square wooden beam right: cut from 6" square wooden beam

"Canadian Softwoods" 1986
"Canadian Softwoods" 1986

Color photographs, wood, staples Dimensions variable

"Canadian Softwood" 1986
"Canadian Softwood" 1986

Color photograph, wood, nails Dimensions: cut from 8" square wooden beam

"Canadian Softwood" 1986
"Canadian Softwood" 1986

Color photograph, wood, nails Dimensions: cut from 8" square wooden beam

"Canadian Softwood" 1987
"Canadian Softwood" 1987

Color photograph, wood, staples 6" x 11" x 6 inches

"Canadian Softwoods" 1986
"Canadian Softwoods" 1986

Color photographs, wood, staples Dimensions variable

"18%" 1986
"18%" 1986

Color photograph, wood, screws 12" x 24" x 12 inches

"Canadian Softwoods" 1986
"Canadian Softwoods" 1986

Installation at Le Case de Arte, Milano

"Canadian Softwood" 1987
"Canadian Softwood" 1987

Color photograph, wood, staples 6" x 11" x 6 inches

"Untitled Canadian Softwood", 1986
"Untitled Canadian Softwood", 1986

Color photograph, wood, nails 8" x 16" x 8 inches 20.6cm x 41.2cm x 20.6cm Private collection, New York