Installation | Museum Stadt Oldenburg | Oldenburg, Germany
Matter of Fact is a painting of an American Semi-tractor trailer truck combination, actual size. The painting is on 1,362 cardboard boxes, which when assembled, form a semi-tractor trailer truck combination, actual size, 13’6” x 8′ x 60.’ Depending on the type of exhibition space and visitor demographics, the work can be exhibited as a easy-to-understand, populist culture realist painting or as a networked theoretical, conceptual installation.
Populist Cultural Realism. Get more bang-for-your-buck through this easy-to-understand installation of 1,362 cardboard boxes assembled to exactly match the dimensions of a semi-tractor trailer truck combination. The realist nature of the work and the quantity of paintings gives the museum visitor value for their money. The MOF: Populist Cultural Realism, through size and the sheer quantity of paintings, ensures the technocratic, quantifiable efficacy of the exhibition. This in turn justifies its presence to the executive leadership team and the board of directors.
Conceptual Installation. The conceptual installation consist of 1,362 paintings on flat cardboard boxes stacked flat on 22 wooden pallets. Only the top painting on each pallet is visible. Arranged in the industrial formation that would fit in a 48’ semi-tractor trailer the installation challenges the viewer to identify internal, versus external and the potential for utility. Engaging what O’Doherty/Irleand might call the “uber viewer,” the work satisfies the discriminating gallery need for conceptual exclusivity.