CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE - VITA E MORTE>
exhibition runs July 26 to August 23 at Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles
CMHHTD is Sean Bonner, Andrew Kline, DJ Muggs, Brevi
- Images and details for Sculptural works forthcoming -
3D printed skulls mounted to wood laser cut base with glass dome, each hand painted one of a kind/unique. 3d Printed on a Makerbot 2 by Wil Wheaton.
In his Readymade Series (1914), Marcel Duchamp selected and modified ordinary manufactured objects thus elevating them “to the dignity of a work of art.” 100 years later, CMHHTD pays homage to Duchamp but, rather than selecting a manufactured object, one is created out of thin air thanks to the technology of 3D printing. The skull is a reference to organic humanity and its ultimate demise and was chosen to contrast the current ‘high tech object’ generation and its replacement of more humanistic trends.
Nobody Wants To Die, #1 (purple skull with black nail polish)
Nobody Wants To Die, #2 (purple skull with gold nail polish)
Nobody Wants To Die, #3 (blue skull with grey nail polish)
Nobody Wants To Die, #4 (green skull with purple nail polish)
Nobody Wants To Die, #5 (green skull with grey nail polish)
Nobody Wants To Die, #6 (black skull with grey nail polish)
Nobody Wants To Die, #7 (undyed skull with black nail polish)
Nobody Wants To Die, #8 (glow in the dark skull with purple nail polish)
Nobody Wants To Die, #9 (black skull with gold nail polish)
Nobody Wants To Die, #10 aka Anne Wheaton Edition (grey skull with black nail polish)
Handmade, one of a kind. Mixed media and arduino. Headphones provided by Beats By Dre.
!In 2012 CMHHTD began placing unlabeled music boxes in cities all over the world for the general public to engage with. People who discovered these boxes would have the opportunity to hear a single song, but no information was provided beyond that. The point of the music box was to allow the viewer to experience the song on it’s own without any marketing attached. Easily defined as stand alone piece of street art, the music boxes were the first physical manifestation of the motivation behind CMHHTD.
Represented here are generation 1, 2 and 3 battery powered stand alone boxes that were previously used on the street and later retrieved. There are also powered next generation permanent installation boxes. A number of generation 4 battery powered stand-alone devices are currently installed on public streets around Los Angeles for a limited time.
These images make up the core visual component of the Vita E Morte exhibition. These are primarily images of nature (or in a few instances images of man’s representation of nature) that have “databent” – a process which involves completely disregarding the context of the digital file and looking at it as pure data, then importing that data into an audio editor and modifying the file as if it was a song being edited and fine tuned, then reexporting that file again as raw data and tricking an image editor into opening it as if they were photos. The resulting glitches are representative of disjointed context and crossed boundaries. One of our primary motives with the Cross My Heart Hope To Die project is ignoring preconceived classification – it's as much an art as a music project. These images are a tangible way to explore this topic because at their core, they are photos being treated like songs.
Source images are photographs taken by Sean Bonner and Andrew Kline. Video stills from the official “Miracles” music video.
These images are being produced in two sizes, 42″ wide in an edition of 2 ($2400 each), and 20″ wide in an edition of 4 ($1000 each).
Height varies from image to image but is between 30″ to 42″ for the larger edition, and 15″ to 20″ for the smaller edition.
All editions are hand signed, numbered and pressure stamped.
“So what’s it matter anyway”
“I hope you feel good”
“And I'm knocking at your door”
“What's it matter anyway”
“Got yourself a gun”
“Everybody wants to go to heaven”
“Lonely is the Coventry”
“All the madness put to rest”
“Someone should've warned me”
“Tell me what I wanna hear, tell me it’s okay”
“Ive never been, but I’d like to go”
“Should've done better and I wish I would've”
“You’re lucky I don’t hurt you”
“I wanna see your heart ripped out”
“I've walked in the wrong door”
“But I knew I couldn't fly”
“On a clear day, I can see the ocean”
“In God we trust”
“These Wings Aren’t Broken”
*There is also a one of a kind large size printer variant version of this available.*
“There is only life and death”
“There'll be hell to pay”
“Crucify the demons”
“And I’ve dealt with fire”
“Vite E Morte”
These smaller sections are cut from larger images and printed on their own to highlight a specific portion of the original image. The Clip series serves as a visual reference to the way a DJ might sample only a short clip from a song. The 12 x 12 inch format is a direct nod to the LP album.
All images in this series of photographic prints are 12″ x 12″ and printed in an edition of 5, hand numbered, signed and pressure stamped. $250 each.
The 90 Seconds series are graphical representations of the audio data from individual songs. Each displays 90 seconds of what a song looks like to a computer if the raw data is examined without contextualizing it as an audio file. This very literally enables one to hang a song on their wall.
They are all printed at 7″ x 21″ in an edition of 3, hand signed and numbered and pressure stamped. $1200 each.