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Doug Edge

Riko Mizuno Gallery

Doug Edge’s objects are crafted slowly and make their public appearance equally slowly. This exhibition, the artist’s first show in some time, is sparsely populated, comprising only five objects and Edge’s photograph Self-Portrait of a Shave and a Haircut which, through the medium of a “4 poses, 25c” photo machine, documents his eight step transformation from long hair and beard to baldness rivalling a peeled egg.

The five objects themselves are agglomerations of Edge’s life experiences transferred to plastic. The smallest piece in the exhibition, a “Tru-temper” hammer reconstructed in plastic, has been fabricated to explode the constituent pieces of the hammer. Handle grip, shank, head, and so on, are all loose pieces, not unlike Jasper Johns’s sculpture and lithograph of a light bulb, socket and wire, seen in an exploded view. The hammer was an important object for Edge, who spent several

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