Brian Burnett
Thirteen Treasures from Orion
2007
Chrome plated steel, vacuum-formed acrylic, polystyrene, plaster, vinyl
8x 20x 18
View from a solo exhibition titled “Final Frontiers: Orbital Flotsam and Trajectories". I have synthesized a series of works questioning the paradoxical conditions found between material culture, virtual reality, and the solar system. During the past few decades the inexorable landscape of space has served as a colonized breeding ground for international satellites and proposed space stations. While NASA’s aim sharpens to make extra-terrestrial discoveries, they are perpetually obligated to avoid calamitous collision with over 400,000 man-made fragments of “space junk” orbiting the Earth on a daily basis. This indispensable predicament spawned my planetary interest regarding the authenticity, collection, and monetary value attributed to the surmounting political challenges and beliefs that govern such forms of transient waste floating in “space”. Void of any legitimate documentation, I fictitiously recreated flotsam and jetsam purported to have scathed atmospheric burn up during their descent back to earth from Orion’s Belt. The end result would attract bids by Ebay’s obsessed “space collectors.”
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