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PUTTIN' TACKS ON YOUR CHAIR

 

Metal Thumb Tacks, Polystyrene, 2015

 

 

'Puttin' Tacks on Your Chair' takes its title from Guy Jarrett’s first book published in 1933. A talented prop and illusion maker for magicians, Jarrett weathered the Great Depression by making painstakingly handcrafted brass nameplates and large-scale props for entertainment shows. 

 

The work presents an unidentifiable 'prop' produced through the labor-intensive process of individually inserting 31,600 thumbtacks into polystyrene. 

Puttin' Tacks on your Chair, installation view Nottingham Castle, 2015