Size: 10″ x 10″
Screw Obsolescence was created using RAM chips, test tubes, floppy discs, and a variety of screws from old computers.
I’m writing this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2013 so I’ll do my best to remember.
I had purchase two collage-style frames. One became Natural Science, the other was used on this piece. I had purchased a quantity of test tubes from American Science Surplus. I used a lot of them in a piece called A Series of Tubes but I had leftovers – and a fascination with test tubes. I also had a large amount of old computer equipment laying around. I decided there had to be a way to bring those elements together.
Anytime I dismantle an old piece of electronics I keep the screws. Why? Little screws are useful & interesting to look at. I sorted through my collection & found the ones that interesting but ones I knew I’d never use otherwise. I filled test tubes with glue & carefully inserted screws so they were spaced out enough to be seen. Rather than line the test tubes in neat rows like I did with Natural Science, I arranged them a bit more chaotically. That took care of two of the four sections.
I realized pretty quickly that some of my RAM chips fit perfectly in the vertical section. I had enough to fill both but I thought that might be a little too repetitive. After all, I already repeated myself with the test tubes. This piece sat unfinished for a long time because I honestly didn’t know what to do with the the fourth section. I had some old floppy disks but just putting once in the center seemed a bit too….boring. Since I had four of them, I took them apart. A little cutting & gluing later, the fourth section was done.
The title is kind of a pun. Clearly I used a lot of screws and the RAM & floppy disks were well past obsolete.