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A Large Anonymous Artwork

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specific object / david platzker


A Large Anonymous Artwork

an exhibition to be held at Specific Object

February 9 – March 30, 2012

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition A Large Anonymous Artwork. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from February 9 – March 30, 2012.

On the morning of May 14, 2011 I encountered this artwork outside my apartment. At the time it struck me as being a humorous, ironic and ominous statement of where things were heading: on the verge of Occupy Wall Street, prior to the ramp-up of political campaigns, and at the cusp of the United States debt-ceiling debate. Early in the first week of January 2012 it felt like the right time to present it in the gallery, thus Specific Object now presents I've Seen the Future & It Doesn't Look Good.

Spray painted onto a discarded 1/8 inch thick plywood shipping crate lid, I've Seen the Future & It Doesn't Look Good measures 46 1/2 x 113 1/2 inches [108 x 208.5 cm]. The artwork either pokes a stick at Banksy's infamous rats that inhabit SoHo from time to time; comments on cheap consumer commodities sold by Crocs (whose Chairman, Richard Sharp, with his wife Sherry, has been a generous donor to Eric Cantor, Ken Cuccinelli, Jim DeMint, George W. Bush, and the Republican Party), or maybe it was just painted in the spirit of good fun.

Nevertheless, it's now an artwork, hanging on a gallery wall, within a white cube in Chelsea.

Read Michael H. Miller's "At Chelsea’s Specific Object, the Future Looks Bleak" in GalleristNY /, February 7, 2011, review of the exhibition:

Specific Object is located at 601 West 26th Street / Floor 2M / Room M285, New York City. Telephone (212) 242-6253.

Specific Object's website is

For additional information regarding the exhibition or Specific Object please email David Platzker at