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BANANA

July 3 2020

A good friend, when seeing this work for the first time, exclaimed, ‘The funniest fruit!’ It may well be for all we know. Maurizio Cattelan most recently displayed a ripe banana duct-taped to a wall at Art Basel and titled it – ‘Comedian.’ In some ways, Andy Warhol’s 1967 Banana, first drawn for a Velvet Underground album cover, was humorous too. We are not certain our banana effort has anything to do with comedy; National Geographic Magazine originally commissioned it. Perhaps just the presence of the simple banana displayed as art elicits a chuckle or two.

A print of ‘BANANA’ by Elvis Swift is available upon request.

Message in a Bottle

June 30 2020

What would you do if you found yourself stranded on a deserted island?

Modern Monuments No.1

June 9 2020

Here is our “What is Man?” drawing as a 3-dimensional object placed near one of our favorite sightseeing destinations – Bombay Beach, California. The region has all you’ll need to keep you entertained and busy finding many fascinating tourist spots. Driving north from El Centro, you’ll encounter Brawley, a town grown amid the Imperial Valley, its denizens busing themselves with raising cattle, growing feed to feed them, and food crops for the rest of us. About halfway up the east side of the Salton Sea on California State Route 111, you’ll find Bombay Beach, which was once a thriving resort town, until the lake decided otherwise. This area is a particularly remote place devoid of people, dry and unforgiving. Stop in at the Bombay Beach Market for a cold bottle of water or soda. As you depart, look off into the distance and squint and see if you can envision our towering monument, arising out of the desert floor, silently proclaiming, “What is Man?

Claes Oldenburg said something about the scale of a piece of art having to be a specific size before it looks right. 

We think this is just about right.

Three Laws of Robotics

May 28 2020

It turns out there are laws governing just about everything. Here is the accepted ‘Three Laws of Robotics‘, otherwise known as Asimov’s laws.

  • First Law – A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • Second Law – A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • Third Law – A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

So far, so good.

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