The Medium is the Baggage

This piece examines the reality of product vs. the medium it is packed in by inverting the relationship between the two. The products we purchase often have limited lifespans — they break down, wear out or we simply move on to the next new thing; they are, in effect, disposable. In mail or online ordering, we have found something that will last generations. With the exception of biodegradable starch foam and paper packing, most packing materials are various forms of plastic that do not biodegrade and recycling is limited. When recycling is available, the materials are recycled into other forms of plastic. In short, these packing materials are the heirlooms that we leave for future generations.

By presenting 20 packing materials in a clamshell box packed in shredded mail-order catalogues, The Medium is the Baggage puts product and packing in their rightful places within this historical context.

Here is a downloadable prospectus in PDF format.

This book is available through 23 Sandy Gallery or by special orders to me.

Edition of 10, plus one unique copy made in 2012

Amazon shipping box, US Postal Service shipping box, Scotch packaging tape, Mylar sleeve, self-adhesive shipping labels, all the packaging mediums listed in the sampler label (various plastic or paper products), and shredded shopping catalogs
outer box (USPS shipping box) measures 8.5” x 5.75” x 11”

$300, shipping & insurance + $13 (it will be shipped in the USPS Priority Mail shipping container)