These sun decks were originally produced for a summer exhibition in Los Angeles —the artist worked on a tan in preparation to show-off in California. Featuring a close-up exposure of the artist (his tan-line at the hip); these photos are sliced into strips and rusty nailed to handmade wooden palette decks, soaked with water and left bathing in sunlight, and secured with hemp. The photograph's nature is confused between indoor and outdoor, and it's skin subjected to abuse and damage for the sake of appearance.

 

"Tan-Lines" 1989
"Tan-Lines" 1989

Installation at Margo Leavin, Los Angeles #5 (left) and #2 (right) from the series of 11 individual works Color photograph, wood, rusty nails, hemp rope Each: 40" x 40" x 7 inches (plus length of rope)

Tan-Lines

"Hip" 1989
"Hip" 1989

Color macro photograph showing the artist's tan-line at the hip.

"Endless Bummer" installation view
"Endless Bummer" installation view

Installation view of "Endless Bummer II-Still Bummin" at Marlborough Chelsea, New York (May 2013) note: Steven Parrino on floor at far left

"Tan-Lines" 1989
"Tan-Lines" 1989

Color photograph, wood, rusty nails, hemp rope 40" x 40" x 7" (plus length of rope) Installation at Robbin Lockett Gallery, Chicago

"Tan-Lines" 1989
"Tan-Lines" 1989

Color photograph, wood, rusty nails, hemp rope 40" x 40" x 7" (plus length of rope) Installation at Robbin Lockett Gallery, Chicago

"Tan-Line" 1989
"Tan-Line" 1989

Color photograph, wood, rusty nails, hemp rope 40" x 40" x 7" (plus length of rope) Installation at Josh Baer Gallery, New York

"Tan-Lines" 1989
"Tan-Lines" 1989

Installation at Margo Leavin, Los Angeles Color photograph, wood, rusty nails, hemp rope Each: 40" x 40" x 7" (plus length of rope)

"Tan-Lines" 1989
"Tan-Lines" 1989

Installation at Margo Leavin, Los Angeles Color photograph, wood, rusty nails, hemp rope Each: 40" x 40" x 7" (plus length of rope)

"Tan-Line" 1989
"Tan-Line" 1989

This is #11 of the eleven works that were produced. Color photograph, wood, rusty nails, hemp rope 40" x 40" x 7" (plus length of rope)

"Tan-Lines" 1989
"Tan-Lines" 1989

Installation at Genereux-Grunwald Gallery, Toronto Color photograph, wood, rusty nails, hemp rope Each: 40" x 40" x 7" (plus length of rope)

"Tan-Lines" 1989
"Tan-Lines" 1989

Installation at Margo Leavin, Los Angeles Color photograph, wood, rusty nails, hemp rope Each: 40" x 40" x 7" (plus length of rope)

"Tan-Line" 1989
"Tan-Line" 1989

#6 from the series of 11 individual works Color photograph, wood, rusty nails, hemp rope 40" x 40" x 7" (plus length of rope) 101.6cm x 101.6cm x 17.8cm