Archive for the ‘FILMMAKERS’ Category
artist: Melissa Stern
filmmaker: Max Friedlich
1970 Combination Pillow and Crash Helmet, S. Young U.S. patent no. 3,538,508
The pillow crash helmet, originally conceived for use on airplanes, unites notions of comfort and danger into one object. At once a soft headrest and a protective device, the crash helmet pillow is the accessory of choice whether sleeping soundly after a long business trip or hurtling to earth.
artist: Anne Ferrer
filmmaker: Theodora Johnson
1905 Pneumatic Pillow, L.F. Doellinger U.S. patent no. 795,108
This inflatable work references several categories of colossal pillows typically found in public spectacles such as parades, festivals and carnivals as well as large scale pillows used in a variety of industries. La Vie en Rose, or life in pink, evokes the French chanteuse whose breath can fill or deflate a gargantuan space.
artist: Elizabeth Demaray
1950 Adjustable Pillow Block, L.B. McGuffage U.S. patent no. 2,521,530
Upholstered Stone is part of a series of items that have been upholstered, including discarded shoes, bricks, tin cans, and 10-ton Nike Hercules Missile. The stone was measured, thinly padded, and then upholstered. The upholstery pieces are affixed to the stone without direct attachment, with each seam stressing the object inside. Viewers are invited to consider for themselves if it is really possible to make a stone any softer.