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May 2017
Vol. 36 No. 4

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International Sculpture Center
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Jarrett Mellenbruch: Use-Value Aesthetics
by Alice Thorson
Virtual Vector Laboratory What do bees want? The fact that Jarrett Mellenbruch has spent seven years trying to find the answer tells you a lot about him. Haven, his most extensive project to date, features a series of pole-mounted, Corian, wood, and steel beehives designed to provide a safe environment for wild honeybees imperiled by colony collapse disorder and other threats. Though the specially designed hives sound like science, they emanate from Mellenbruch’s concept of “use-value aesthetics,” which sets “real world outcome-oriented solutions” as an artistic goal. “The purposeful creation of utility within the context of an artwork can act to expand the territory of what is con - sidered art,” he writes in Use-Value Aesthetics, a master’s thesis that he published in illustrated book form in April 2014. A ...see the entire article in the print version of May's Sculpture magazine.

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Jarrett Mellenbruch, Virtual Vector Laboratory 2013-ongoing. Corian, stainless steel, ipod, macro lens, specimen pin, and pattern recognition algorithm, 10 x 6 x 6 in.

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