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Melissa Tran

I Will Not Use Violence

two No. 2 yellow pencils, three custom-built coffins, handheld sharpener, 2013, variable dimensions

The pencil, an iconic but extinct tool, is encased in a container made to size, like a coffin. A second coffin holds the remains of a second pencil that has been completely shaved down, with the excess shavings spilling out—the coffin unable to contain in the pencil’s original volume. The bodies of the two once-identical pencils are left to rest in states of wholeness and obliteration. The clear tops to these containers highlight the objects in an almost specimen-like manner, keeping them in a state of stasis as a body on view—dead but not yet gone.


Melissa Tran - I Will Not Use Violence

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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.