Brian Dettmer is an American contemporary artist famous for utilizing old products in his sculptures. He has recently been doing a lot with books, but early on used records and glass. In his 2006 collection he uses cassette tapes to create a musical skeleton. He keeps the words legible, twisting and altering the tapes to accept his form. The cassettes are all white with black text, and when melted can be shaped like clay. He has two skulls with specific genres of tapes on them: Women of Pop and 80’s Metal. His full skeleton is formed with tapes like The Police, The Knack, and a few best of editions. To Dettmer, the skeletons represent a people who cannot live without music. The cassette skeletons show an extreme understanding of bone structure and exemplify his great ability to shift materials.
I just found this painting that, if memory serves me right, I purchased on the street in Ecuador a few years ago. It’s a rendition of a painting by the artist Oswaldo Guayasamín (I believe the original work is called “Los Amantes”). My jaw dropped when I found it in an old portfolio because, even though it’s not the real thing, it helped me realize I had forgotten how much of an impact Guayasamín’s work made on me—I won’t forget again.