JIM GARMHAUSEN

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JACK THE EXTRACTOR ROLLING FILE TOY.jpg

JIM GARMHAUSEN

3,500.00

JACK THE EXTRACTOR ROLLING FILE TOY

ACRYLIC, EPHEMERA,  PINE AND PEAR WOOD USING FOUND HARDWARE AND WOOD, VINTAGE WHEELS AND SUPERMAN ARMS

21.5 IN. X 11 IN. X 8 IN.

2016

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JIM GARMHAUSEN

ITHICA, NEW YORK

I create characters that are cartoon-like and darkly humorous. Aged and worn surfaces. Lined faces. Someone said recently, looking at my sculptures, that it seemed like my childhood toys, had grown up with me. I like that. My work is about the juxtaposition of imagery focused on children (cartoons, children's book illustrations, toys, etc) and the complicated adult world that awaits them. My mediums are painting, mixed media, assemblage and sculpture. I'm fascinated by vintage materials, wood and metal toys, tins, books. As a collector of old kitsch and ephemera, I am drawn into the mystery of a past era and former owner. I search for hints of interaction, a note in a margin, the worn surface of a toy. I try, in my own work, to create objects carrying their own hints of a past life; to create, as it were, an indication of history, of a story carrying back to a forgotten owner. As an artist, I am compelled to create objects that will find their own homes, and by their nature will be preserved and carried forward into future generations. Who upon encountering my work, might ask, who made this, what does it mean, why does it exist. Questions connecting us through the unfurling of our history. I find this deeply compelling.

 

JACK THE EXTRACTOR ROLLING FILE TOY

ACRYLIC, EPHEMERA,  PINE AND PEAR WOOD USING FOUND HARDWARE AND WOOD, VINTAGE WHEELS AND SUPERMAN ARMS, 21.5 IN. X 11 IN. X 8 IN., 2016

Rolling wooden sculpture on vintage perambulator wheels; a working drawer with bisque doll parts in the 'stomach;' a pulley on the middle nose; detachable head; and tiny Superman arms.