SPBH BOOK CLUB VOL.VII by Lucas Blalock [SIGNED]
NYを拠点とし、2013年にはNY、MoMA PS1（ニューヨーク近代美術館）で企画されたグループ展 “New Pictures of Common Objects” に参加したアメリカ人アーティスト、ルーカス・ブレイロック（Lucas Blalock）の作品集。アメリカ人にとってバーベキューや野球観戦時の定番のホットドッグ。その中に挟まれるソーセージを被写体にただひたすら撮り集めた作品集。ソーセージが奇妙に積み上げられたり、円形状に配置されたりすることで、日常的に目にしているソーセージの形や質感を新鮮な視点で見直すことが出来る。更に言うならば、ホットドッグ自体についても再認識するきっかけになっている。
SPBH Book Club Vol. VII continues Blalock's investigation of stand-ins, or surrogates, with hot dogs acting as line, brushstroke, body part, and still life object. The bodied-ness of this food stuff has an uneasy, uncanny, relationship with the surface-less photograph, and this is a situation that the pictures exploit through humor and ickiness. The book itself is as much object as book with its contents in shifting orientation and the whole thing sealed shut with a sticker.
There was a Phillips 66 gas station just beyond the border of the neighborhood I grew up in which had two employees that looked, each in his own way, remarkably like Santa Clause; at least it was remarkable in the sense that there were two of them in this one gas station. I saw them often because they would sell me cigarettes before it was even remotely plausible that I was old enough to be buying them. They were $1.35 when I started. It was 1992. They are $12 now, in NYC, where I spent last winter working on the pictures collected in this book - All hot dogs.