The artist Rob Pruitt has been posting Instagram photos that appear to be simple shots of random objects, on backgrounds of clouds, for awhile now. But, as it came to light in a new interview with Alexandre Stipanovich over on the Opening Ceremony blog, these are a part of his new project where he sells these trinkets on eBay, in the Rob Pruitt Holiday Market.
It’s an extension of a project he began in the late ‘90s at the behest of Gavin Brown, he explains. Brown had asked Pruitt to curate a group show, and instead of a traditional setting, he gave each artist a table to create a flea-market type environment. Each artist was allowed to do whatever he or she pleased with the space, so long as that meant constantly manning the table.
"I suppose that this eBay market is my foray into that kind of social space that makes sense for me," he told Stipanovich, "I have a very deep connection to the objects that I bring home. I buy them because I'm magnetized to them, but then at a certain point I've gotten what I need from them, and then I’m releasing them out into the world."
So now, you can pick up a strange variety of objects on Pruitt’s eBay page as he releases them back into the wild. Here are some of our favorite pieces for sale:
Rob Pruitt's HOLIDAY Market: VINTAGE CARTOON ALARM CLOCK#1 RETRO TOY *SCULPTURE
Rob Pruitt's HOLIDAY Market:VINTAGE CARTOON ALARM CLOCK#2 *RETRO TOY *SCULPTURE
Rob Pruitt's HOLIDAY Market: CRAZY BRAIN JELL-O MOLD #ARTPOP *SCIENCE #SCULPTURE
Rob Pruitt's HOLIDAY Market: Novelty SKULL Ring #2 *GOTH *GIEGER *LOVEKRAFT #ART
Rob Pruitt's HOLIDAY Market: PYRAMID PUZZLE GAME *BRAIN TEASER *MAGIC *CUBE *TOY
Rob Pruitt's HOLIDAY Market:BEVIS and BUTTHEAD pin SET *HUH HUH HUH #90's #MTV
Rob Pruitt's HOLIDAY Market: STA$H canisters/ PARAPHERNALIA containers *SET *TIN
Rob Pruitt's HOLIDAY Market:PERPETUAL SLIDE CALENDAR by HOFFRITZ *70's MOD *HALM
Pruitt has 100 percent positive feedback on his page so far—nothing can stop him from hawking all this weird shit. Pick something up for a loved one before it’s all gone.
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[via Opening Ceremony]