The artist regularly shipped his artworks wrapped with bright orange heavy-duty bubble-wrap. In 1988 "Orange Crate" was fabricated, featuring oversized photos printed from transparencies of the orange bubble-wrapped exhibition shipments overlayed with photos of Sunkist oranges —a notion of limited shelf-life. This was his first "crate" sculpture.

In November of 1989, a bevy of art shipping crates were flown to the Daniel Buchholz Gallery in time for the artist's "Made In Canada" solo exhibition opening on the same day as the Köln Art Fair.
A multiple shipment of 24 crates of varying sizes were delivered via Air Canada Cargo, and an additional 5 smaller crates of identical size were couriered with overnight service via Federal Express.
The Air Canada crates featured B&W photographs documenting actual shipping information (customs declaration, air waybills, commercial invoices, handling instructions) —utilizing the camera in a way similar to a photo-copier. These documentary photos were coupled with B&W photos of details of the actual crates, as well as umbrellas and crystal stemware.

The Federal Express crates featured color photographs of similar shipping documents, along with photos of Fed Ex trucks and shipping materials.
These empty crates were shipped "as-is" with no protection, with declarations of "No Content", and arrived at the destination gallery marked, scuffed, and stickered. The titles identified the multiple shipment. (i.e.: "4 of Five", "5 of 24", "3 of Five", "21 of 24", and so on.
Additional Air Canada Cargo and Federal Express crates were produced in 1990 for shipments to the Josh Baer Gallery in New York to replenish the back-room inventory.

 



 

Shipments

"5 (of Five)" 1989
"5 (of Five)" 1989

Color photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 18" x 24" x 12 inches 45.7cm x 61cm x 30.5cm Installation view at Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln, 1989

"Made In Canada" 1989
"Made In Canada" 1989

Installation view of "Made In Canada" exhibition at Daniel Buchholz Galerie, Köln. Black & white photographs, various sizes of wooden art shipping crates, staples

"Untitled" 1988
"Untitled" 1988

Polaroid Shipment of works wrapped in orange heavy-duty bubble-wrap.

"Untitled" 1988
"Untitled" 1988

Polaroid Shipment of works wrapped in orange heavy-duty bubble-wrap.

"Orange Crate" 1988
"Orange Crate" 1988

Color photographs, wood, screws and staples. 42" x 42" x 42 inches 106.6cm x 106.6cm x 106.6cm

"Untitled" 1989
"Untitled" 1989

Plastic sign posted at the "Made In Canada" exhibition at Daniel Buchholz Galerie, Köln

"1 (of 3)" 1990
"1 (of 3)" 1990

Color photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 18" x 24" x 12 inches 45.7cm x 61cm x 30.5cm Collection: Bill Arning, Texas Multiple overnight shipment to Josh Baer Gallery in New York

"2 (of 3)" 1990
"2 (of 3)" 1990

Color photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 18" x 24" x 12 inches 45.7cm x 61cm x 30.5cm Multiple overnight shipment to Josh Baer Gallery in New York Collection: The Tang Museum, Skidmore College

"3 (of 3)" 1990
"3 (of 3)" 1990

Color photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 18" x 24" x 12 inches 45.7cm x 61cm x 30.5cm Multiple overnight shipment to Josh Baer Gallery in New York

"1 (of Five)" & "4 (of Five)" 1989
"1 (of Five)" & "4 (of Five)" 1989

Color photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 18" x 24" x 12 inches 45.7cm x 61cm x 30.5cm Multiple overnight shipment to Daniel Buchholz Galerie in Köln

"4 (of Five)" 1989
"4 (of Five)" 1989

Color photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 18" x 24" x 12 inches 45.7cm x 61cm x 30.5cm Multiple overnight shipment to Daniel Buchholz Galerie in Köln collection Beth Rudin DeWoody, West Palm Beach

Number article page 1
Number article page 1

Number Magazine article written by Federal Express employee Debora Gordon

Federal Express hub in Memphis
Federal Express hub in Memphis

Multiple overnight shipment to Josh Baer Gallery in New York

Federal Express hub in Memphis
Federal Express hub in Memphis

Multiple overnight shipment to Josh Baer Gallery in New York

"No, Not That One It's Not A Chair"
"No, Not That One It's Not A Chair"

Catalog for exhibition at Galerie 1900/2000 (Paris) curated by Elein Fleiss, with essay by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

"1 (of 4)" 1990
"1 (of 4)" 1990

Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x 61cm

"3 (of four)" 1990
"3 (of four)" 1990

Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x 61cm Collection: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

"3 (of four)" 1990
"3 (of four)" 1990

Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x61cm Collection: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

"4 (of four)" 1990
"4 (of four)" 1990

Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x61cm Collection: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (gift of M. Frank Kolodny in 2005)

"4 (of four)" 1990
"4 (of four)" 1990

Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x61cm Collection: Centre Georges Pompidou (gift of M. Frank Kolodny in 2005)

Canadian Art review
Canadian Art review

Review of the "Made In Canada" exhibition at Daniel Buchholz Galerie, Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 1990, Volume 7, Number 1, pg 91

"Made In Canada" 1989
"Made In Canada" 1989

Detail view of the multiple shipment.

"1 (of Three)" 1990
"1 (of Three)" 1990

One of three 24" square crates shipped via Air Canada Cargo to Le Case d'Arte Gallery in Milano. Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x 61cm

"1 (of Three)" 1990
"1 (of Three)" 1990

One of three 24" square crates shipped via Air Canada Cargo to Le Case d'Arte Gallery in Milano. Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x 61cm

"2 (of Three)" 1990
"2 (of Three)" 1990

One of three 24" square crates shipped via Air Canada Cargo to Le Case d'Arte Gallery in Milano. Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x 61cm

"2 (of Three)" 1990
"2 (of Three)" 1990

One of three 24" square crates shipped via Air Canada Cargo to Le Case d'Arte Gallery in Milano. Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x 61cm

"3 (of Three)" 1990
"3 (of Three)" 1990

One of three 24" square crates shipped via Air Canada Cargo to Le Case d'Arte Gallery in Milano. Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x 61cm

"3 (of Three)" 1990
"3 (of Three)" 1990

One of three 24" square crates shipped via Air Canada Cargo to Le Case d'Arte Gallery in Milano. Black & white photographs, wooden art shipping crate, staples 24" x 24" x 24 inches 61cm x 61cm x 61cm

Exhibition shipment
Exhibition shipment

Shipment of ceramic "_____.jpg"s to Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012