Allan McCollum. The Shapes Project. 2006

Allan McCollum The Shapes Project 2006

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McCollum explores duplication in his art, investigating how objects achieve personal and social significance in a society driven by mass production. Here he uses the software program Adobe Illustrator with the goal of producing a unique artwork for every person on Earth. His system has the capacity to produce thirty-one billion shapes, far more than peak–population estimates for the mid–twenty–first century, when a decline is predicted to set in.

Gallery label from Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, November 21, 2007-July 28, 2008.
Three sets of one hundred forty-four unique framed digital prints
each: 5 7/8 x 4 5/16 x 3/8" (15 x 11 x 1 cm)
Allan McCollum, New York
Allan McCollum, New York
54 sets of 144 works from a projected 31 billion unique variants
John B. Turner Fund and Jacqueline Brody Fund
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© 2023 Allan McCollum
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