Beautifully Wrong: Jeremy Hutchinson's Err Artwork

Beautifully Wrong: Jeremy Hutchinson's Err Artwork

Tess Wilson
Mar 13, 2012

Last year, artist Jeremy Hutchison sent an unusual request to factories around the world: he asked that one factory line worker produce an incorrect version of the product they make everyday, and send it to him. The seventeen results are beautiful, intriguing, and wonderfully useless...

For his project Err, Hutchinson sent the following parameters to various factories:

  • That the product be made with an error.

  • That the error render the product useless.

  • That the error be entirely of the workers choosing/design.

He received some very confused responses, and some very creative results. I love the cheerful yellow ladder in the second photo, made by Jack Lee of China. At first glance, it seems like it should work, like it's a normal piece of equipment. Once the viewer realizes that of course it wouldn't function, it can be fully appreciated for its style. The shovel, made by Henryk Wegner of Poland, is a piece that I would love to hang on my wall, say in a mudroom or entryway (I have neither at the moment). Such an elegantly economical way to ruin a shovel. It reminds me of one my favorite pieces in SFMOMA's current exhibition, Fifty Years Of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards. In 2007, Amy Franceschini created Pogostick Shovel, a delightfully playful but probably unusable new tool. I hope to someday live in a world where pogoshovels are sold at every hardware store and home improvement center. Much like the crooked ladder and inverted shovel, they make the world feel full of fun and possibility.

(Images: 1. Untitled (Shovel) by Jeremy Hutchison via Creative Review, 2. Untitled (Ladder) by Jeremy Hutchison, 3. Pogoshovel by Amy Franceschini via SFMOMA)

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