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Wrong is right – the shock of the flaw

That old grade-school test question – Which of these does not belong? – offers a key to the aesthetics of the expressively hot, as opposed to the classically cool. The hint of crazy within the solid citizen, the blood in the water and the worm in the rose (mortal, guilty) move us in a way that visions of perfection rarely do.

In honor of the flaw, a small survey of its recent, robust manifestations.

Douglas Gordon Three Inches (Black) 1997 (image via)

douglasgordon3inch.jpgSusan Robb: Three from the last decade (images via)

SusanRobblongwalk.jpgsusanrobbbunnytest.jpgsusanrobbscratch.jpgWinkler + Noah, from The Puppet Show

jasonkottkepuppet.jpgAlice Wheeler KATHLEEN HANNA, OLYMPIA, 1993 Inkjet print 40.5 x 27 inches, edition of From “Women Are Beautiful” (image via)

alicewheelerincest.jpgGrant Barnhart Black Box Cutter 2009 (image via)

grantbarnhartbulletface.jpgRoger Shimomura HOUSING DISCRIMINATION, 2003
Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 inches (image via)

rogershimyellowfacein5.jpgAlwyn O’Brien Allegory of Something 2010
Manganese Clay and Glaze
10″ x 8 3/4″ x 5 3/8″ (image via)alwynobrienfoot.jpgAs a birthday present, my alcoholic father-in-law once received from a teenage son a recycled collage. An empty bottle from the old man’s favorite brand bore a new label. Instead of Old Crow, it now read, Old Croak, with the dead mascot bird drawn below.

Sean M Johnson
Rocking chair, Jack Daniels bottle, pack of cigarettes
60″ x 46″ 38″ (image via)

seanmjohnsongranpa.jpgSpeaking of alcohol, Jack Daws INDIAN FLASK, 2005
(left: BEAR, center: RAVEN, right: EAGLE)
Found decal on found stainless steel flask
7 x 5 x 2 inches (image via)

jackdawsindianflask.jpgFinally, the master of the flaw in furniture, Roy MacMakin



  1. Missed you Regina. I thought I’d die of boredom. You go girl!

  2. I wish I could still see your writing. Graves isnt cutting it for me anymore; she seems to have other priorities over at slog/stranger.

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