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Reliquary of the Obsolete
Reliquary of the Obsolete
Mixed media with 35 mm slides
4" x 12" x 14"

Last summer at a flea market, I purchased a box of discarded 35mm slides. These slides, haphazardly thrown into a box marked “garbage,” have a nebulous history.

Images of happy workers demonstrating the usefulness of office furniture, supplies and equipment, suggest that the slides were used in sales presentations: a woman in a nurse’s uniform comfortably answers the phone and pulls a chart from a wall file. Another cheerfully interacts with a grey-suited, standing man, while a relaxed secretary sits within a professional reception area.

Layers of obsolescence are imbedded in the images.