Continuing a tradition of ribbing fellow Seattle art trio SuttonBeresCuller, PDL conceived the one-night show "Real Objects" as a parody of the concurrent exhibit by SBC at Greg Kucera Gallery "You Knew It Was Wrong...but You Did It Anyway" which featured realistic bronze sculptures case from a litany of familiar objects. PDL's show "Real Objects" merely featured the objects SBC had bronzed, without the bronze part. SuttonBeresCuller attended the opening and were reportedly either "thrilled" or "nonplussed" to see their work satirized, depending on who was asked, and when. Below is text from the show, tongue squarely in cheek:
PDL invites you to an exclusive, one-night-only showcase of spectacular design, utilitarian beauty, and exquisite form. The gallery at Vermillion will be transformed into a shrine to the quotidian objects that surround us every day, encouraging a profound re-examination of the existential notions of art and aesthetics in the modern world.
Statement: The objects on display in Vermillion tonight are all real objects. Things that we use. Things familiar. Every fabricated form in the utilitarian world of our daily lives was designed, crafted, considered, patented, developed, and presented as a solution to some perceived need. These objects surround us and influence us. The value they have is primarily in their function, but secondarily, they contribute to the visual fabric of our daily lives. We place them tonight on pedestals and hang them on white walls in a gallery to transform or elevate them in importance, but they are no less important in their usual homes, on shelves in your bathroom, in the janitor's closet at a school, in the lobby of a restaurant, or on the wall of your office. A hearty thrust of the Dada and Pop movements of the mid 20th century was to have such objects re-evaluated in the context of "art." PDL's desire is simply to repeat the message of Warhol and Duchamp - to carry the torch. It's worth reminding that you can shop daily for sculpture in the produce department of your grocery store, look for masterpiece in the alleyways of your city, find inspiration in the bottom of your trash can. There is no spectrum of ugly/beauty, mundane/profound, cheap/priceless. There is no need to mutate the real world through the alchemy of a gallery. There is no need to replicate real objects as art. They simply are.