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Sean Raspet, OR: 52D1 (1G1), 2018, scent molecule formation, diffuser, dimensions variable.

Sean Raspet

Bridget Donahue

Sean Raspet, OR: 52D1 (1G1), 2018, scent molecule formation, diffuser, dimensions variable.

While researching Soviet Constructivism for her book The Artist as Producer (2005), Maria Gough uncovered one of history’s great ironies: After the Russian Revolution, the avant-garde agreed on the common goal of integrating art with mass production. The artist who came closest to succeeding, Karl Ioganson, is now the least well known of his peers. Ioganson so dedicated himself to improving factory-floor efficiency that his records were not housed alongside those of Aleksandr Rodchenko or Lyubov Popova but were instead located in the Soviet Union’s archives of industry and labor.

I sometimes wonder whether the artist Sean Raspet might be staging a similar disappearing act. While studying for his MFA at University of California, Los Angeles, Raspet began to research the science and business of artificial scents. This interest led him to apply for a job as a “flavorist” at Soylent,

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