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Seth Keller

Melt Table #2 (small)

2011, Salvaged wood, 22"w x 16"h x 18"d

My most recent work addresses the massive amounts of cultural waste accumulated by humanity since the Industrial Revolution: the “new natural resource.” I transform waste from something valueless to something revered and cherished. These raw materials cannot hide their story; they wear the patina and history of decades past and therefore connect the object to the present. The wood in the coffee table comes from a demolished house in Detroit. Sixty thousand houses remain on the demolition registry, the potential of raw material locked within. These objects I create address more than formal function; they expose ambition, hubris, fragility, and irrationality yet remain optimistic.

Seth Keller - Melt Table #2 (small)

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