TOMATO RED
2016, metal, polymer, pigment
54" x 19" x 12"

label text:

INGREDIENTS: WATER, SUGAR, POLYVINYLCHLORIDE, SALT, FD&C RED #3, CITRIC ACID, WHEAT FLOUR, TIN-COATED STEEL, CELERY EXTRACT, BISPHENOL A. WARNING: NOT TO BE TAKEN INTERNALLY.


CAUTION: HAZARDOUS MATERIAL, MAY BE MISTAKEN FOR ART. A FIRST RATE SOUP IS BETTER THAN A SECOND RATE PAINTING. MANUFACTURED IN THE USA BY COMPLETE FABRICATIONS LTD.


The obvious parody of Tomato Red needs no explanation. The quote “a first rate soup is better than a second rate painting” is from Abraham Maslow, who also coined the phrase “if your only tool is a hammer, every problem tends to look like a nail”.

The numeric code on the tube spells ‘bad art’.