Made In New York

For the first solo exhibition ("Made In New York" at Cable Gallery), the brand-new plexiglas wall works were divided into departments —Kodaks, Cliniques, Rubics, Household Sciences, and the Palladiums. The medium stressed an alternative to regular art suppliers, Canal Street Plastics and Kaminstein's Hardware were the go-to's. The products were purchased by and photographed by the artist personally in a hands-on approach. The photo surfaces were left bare similar to the experience of magazine pages and posted advertising, and the photographs themselves sliced into portions. The Kodaks explored re-photography and the notion of transparency. The Estee Lauders were positioned as a Macy's product, and the branding of Clinique products hijacked in a cross-promotion of competitor's perfumes and colognes. The Palladiums (titled after a must-go-to mega-nightclub of that period) in a point-of-display mode paired automobile headlights with seductively shiney new CD's (a new audio media at that time). The Household Sciences examined domestic product developments. The op Rubics confronted the viewer with a challenge to figure-out the work.

"Palladium /Back To The Future" 1985
"Palladium /Back To The Future" 1985

Color photograph, compact audio disc, 2 CD cases mounted to Plexiglas 10.75" x 5.5" x .625 inches CD: The Back To The Future soundtrack

"Palladium /Loudness" 1985
"Palladium /Loudness" 1985

Color photograph, compact audio disc, 2 CD cases mounted to Plexiglas 10.75" x 5.5" x .625 inches CD: Loudness /Thunder In The East

"Palladium /Born In The USA" 1985
"Palladium /Born In The USA" 1985

Color photograph, compact audio disc, 2 CD cases mounted to Plexiglas 10.75" x 5.5" x .625 inches CD: Bruce Springstein / Born In The USA

"Palladium /Slade" 1985
"Palladium /Slade" 1985

Color photograph, compact audio disc, 2 CD cases mounted to Plexiglas 10.75" x 5.5" x .625 inches CD: Slade / Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply

"Palladium /Ratt" 1985
"Palladium /Ratt" 1985

Color photograph, compact audio disc, 2 CD cases mounted to Plexiglas 10.75" x 5.5" x .625 inches CD: Ratt /Invasion Of Your Privacy

"Rubic (Dot)" 1985
"Rubic (Dot)" 1985

Color photographs, Plexglas, hardware 18" x 18" x 6 inches (note that this one features a photo of a photo that had been scored with a curved fold)

"Rubic (Cube)" 1985
"Rubic (Cube)" 1985

Color photographs, Plexglas, hardware 18" x 18" x 6 inches

"Rubic (Extreme)" 1985 side view
"Rubic (Extreme)" 1985 side view

Color photographs, Plexglas, hardware 18" x 18" x 6 inches

"Estee Lauder (Kouros)" 1985
"Estee Lauder (Kouros)" 1985

Color photograph, layered Plexglas, hardware 20" x 20" x 6 inches

"Re-Kodaks" 1985
"Re-Kodaks" 1985

Installation shot of the "Re-Kodaks" at The Cable Gallery, New York.

"Re-Polaroid" 1985
"Re-Polaroid" 1985

Color Polaroid, framed and matted (w/out glass) 14" x 11" x .75 inches

"Household Science" 1985
"Household Science" 1985

photograph of an Aquafresh toothpaste pump with a tube of Dentaguard and a denture brush, cut into 6" squares and hanging in point-of-display style over Plexi strips color photograph, Plexiglas, door stoppers 30" x 20" x 4 inches / 76,2cm x 50,8cm x 10,2cm

"Re-Kodak (Paper)" 1985
"Re-Kodak (Paper)" 1985

Color photographs, Plexiglas, bicycle hooks 18" x 40" x 2 inches 46cm x 102cm x 10cm Collection: Arthur and Carol Goldberg, New York

"Re-Kodak (Tape)" 1985
"Re-Kodak (Tape)" 1985

Color photographs, Plexiglas, bicycle hooks 18" x 40" x 2 inches 46cm x 102cm x 10cm

"Re-Kodak (Film)" 1985
"Re-Kodak (Film)" 1985

Color photographs, Plexiglas, bicycle hooks 18" x 40" x 2 inches 46cm x 102cm x 10cm

"Household Science (Buff Puff)" 1985
"Household Science (Buff Puff)" 1985

The baseboard photo features shaving cream on a Today spermicidal sponge, and the front photo sliced into vertical strips is of Edge shaving cream on a Buff Puff facial scrubber leaking food coloring. color photographs, Plexiglas, door stoppers 30" x 20" x 4 inches / 76,2cm x 50,8cm x 10,2cm collection Alice Albert, New York

Made In New York announcement card
Made In New York announcement card

Printed with reflective silver ink, the image was of a Solo fabric softener bottle making a splash.

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Artforum 40th anniversary issue 80's timeline.png
Flash Art review
Flash Art review

Review by Larry Rinder of the "Made In New York" exhibition at Cable Gallery Flash Art, Feb/March Issue, 1986

"Estee Lauder (Perry Ellis)" 1985
"Estee Lauder (Perry Ellis)" 1985

Left side view Color photograph, layered Plexglas, hardware 20" x 20" x 6 inches 51cm x 51cm x 15cm Collection: Michael Schwartz, New York

"Estee Lauder (Perry Ellis)" 1985
"Estee Lauder (Perry Ellis)" 1985

the working photograph of the purchased products

"Estee Lauder (Perry Ellis)" 1985
"Estee Lauder (Perry Ellis)" 1985

right side view color photograph, layered Plexglas, hardware 20" x 20" x 6 inches / 51cm x 51cm x 15cm collection Michael & BZ Schwartz, New York

"Estee Lauder (Chanel For Men)" 1985
"Estee Lauder (Chanel For Men)" 1985

right side view (the bottle was tampered with and filled with Windex) color photograph, layered Plexglas, hardware 20" x 20" x 6 inches / 51cm x 51cm x 15cm collection Richard Nabhan, New York

"Estee Lauder (Opium)" 1985
"Estee Lauder (Opium)" 1985

color photograph, layered Plexglas, hardware 20" x 20" x 6 inches / 51cm x 51cm x 15cm private collection

"Household Science" 1985
"Household Science" 1985

photograph of Black Flag Roach Killer Special City Formula cut into 6" squares and mounted in point-of-display style over a mirrored Plexi backboard color photograph, Plexiglas, metal hooks 20" x 30" x 4 inches / 50,8cm x 76,2cm x 10,2cm