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.

 



 

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