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View of “Jon Shelton,” 2011. Floor: Study for Brisk Tea, 2011. Wall: Brisk Tea / Dick Armey, 2011. Back room: Start Packin’ Granny, 2011.

Jon Shelton

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View of “Jon Shelton,” 2011. Floor: Study for Brisk Tea, 2011. Wall: Brisk Tea / Dick Armey, 2011. Back room: Start Packin’ Granny, 2011.

Jon Shelton is an American but he has been part of the scenery in Cologne for years. One can usually find him at a garage space around the corner from the Hotel Chelsea (named after the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York). Patiently, he lets visitors peek into the two hundred-square-foot rooms where he creates and stores his life’s work. It is also from here that he has run his company, Oscitant Enterprises, for the past seven years. On the firm’s website, Shelton offers his services in very professional language: Oscitant both manufactures products to order and sells a line of the company’s own products. These are described just as they would be in a luxury retailer’s catalogue. The wares are divided into the departments of Production (profit-generating projects, goods, and services) and [A]Production (loss-generating ones; i.e., art).

“Production” covers everything from handcrafted

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