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Janet Abrams

Fossils of Our Time

2009, Plaster (casts of rubber keypads of remote controls), Sizes vary

These plaster casts, from a series made in Fall 2009, explore the symbolism of an everyday domestic technology: the remote control. After ripping apart nearly 100 such gadgets (bought for a song at Salvation Army stores), I extracted the rubber keypads from within each one and cast them in plaster. The configurations of their buttons, now in negative, become abstract patterns like an ancient code. No longer functional interfaces to TVs or VCRs, these commonplace devices are transformed into a modern Cuneiform, or fossil records of contemporary life. Many people have observed that they also resemble skyscrapers when lined up side by side with their different heights and depths — an unintentional but plausible interpretation!

Janet Abrams - Fossils of Our Time

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.