Grouping & Display Inspiration: Allan McCollum's Surrogates

Grouping & Display Inspiration: Allan McCollum's Surrogates

Sparrow King
Sep 1, 2009

We've shown empty frames as a decor idea before and I like the idea when it involves a whole collection of them. I recently came across an image by Paul Joseph Hopper (the last picture) and was instantly reminded of work of artist Allan McCollum.

McCollum has a series of works called Plaster Surrogates or Surrogate Paintings that remind me of empty frames in the sense that it isn't about what is in the frame but about the grouping of the frames as a whole. The first 4 images above are all McCollum's work in various installations.

(Images: 1 Dwell Magazine, 2 Artsjournal, 3 New York TImes Magazine, October 5, 2006, 4 LA Times Magazine, photo by Francois Halard, 5 Paul Joseph Hopper, )

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