Pictures of Stuff

Posted by Rob Walker on February 24, 2010
Posted Under: Just Looking,Things/Thinking

Over at Significant Objects, Joshua Glenn highlights the above image, a movie poster, evidence of a possible S.O. meme. I can’t comment on that, but the image did strike an odd chord, reminding me in different ways of other recent object imagery I’ve encountered. These images are all very distinct in their approach (the sorts of objects, the number, etc.), but to my eye at least there’s some visual similarity despite that. See below.

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On, Fritz Fabert's Archealogy of Work series.

The first image from Lisa Congdon's A Collection A Day project.

An image from Adam Voorhees' "Exploded" series

Also, I suppose, many of the images in the Flickr What’s In Your Bag pool.

Further diversion may be found at MKTG Tumblr, and the Consumed Facebook page. Tags:

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This same aesthetic was at work in the exhibit at MoMA last year where artist Song Dong systematically laid out all the stuff found in his mother’s house after he inherited it: “The assembled materials, ranging from pots and basins to blankets, oil flasks, and legless dolls, form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through.” (

I think that’s the idea for these 2-d versions too. Our stuff is a landscape we want others to walk around in.

Written By R on February 24th, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

That’s a good one, thanks for that. I wish I’d had a chance to visit that, actually.

Written By Rob Walker on February 25th, 2010 @ 7:48 am


  1. Clutter, objects, joy  on March 4th, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

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