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Gary LaPointe Jr.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Faculty Sponsor: Frances Whitehead

(Rolled Trash Can, Circle Drawing)
Polished city trash can, graphite and rust
96 x 96 x 30".

Artist Statement

My work questions social and political infrastructures within the urban construct and how they are defined or transformed by individuals. I investigate frameworks of value in relation to the function of material objects, systems of circulation, and models of architectural models. Through displacement and intervention, I collect objects that locate failure within design and belief systems, raising questions of authority and authenticity. My work seeks to re-articulate the materiality that compromises an object, allowing for new connections.