Richard Ankrom @ Aqua Art Fair, Miami
We caught sight of the incredible S&M sculptures of Richard Akrom at Art Basel Miami this year with Charlie James Gallery at the Aqua Art Fair. 'The contempt for effusive sentimental goods, that pander to nostalgic consumers led me to take these objects and disable them. In this process mass produced figurines become individual and surreal. Objects are selected by their character, cleaned, masked, dipped or poured several times with synthetic rubber. Zippers are tucked in with dental tools and sealed with rubber. Some zippers are painted gold. These ideas are in conjunction with Duchamp’s ready-mades, Rauschenberg’s erased de Kooning, Paul McCarthy and Jeff Koons.'