Sculpture for Teenage Boys: Black Harleys

early 90's

Wood, enamel paint - 2 pieces

116.84 x 218.44 x 1.9 cm (46 x 86 x 3/4 in.) (each)

Two fake Harley Davidson motorcycles, simple painted wooden panels, are in front of a wall covered with a trompe l'oeil. Budweiser cans with personalised stickers referring to sometimes-parodied icons of popular culture, from the Rolling Stones to Playboy and a cannabis leaf, mingle with others that are specific to small xenophobic groups.

American artists Rob Pruitt and Jack Early’s installations are mainly based on the visual imagination of popular culture, especially that of young Americans. This work belongs to a two-part series parodying the consumerist dreams of American youth: Sculpture for Teenage Boys and Painting for Teenage Boys.

Like its counterpart Painting for Teenage Boys: Black Noose, Sculpture for Teenage Boys: Black Harleys was presented for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the 2009 major group show "Mapping the Studio" at the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in Venice.
Rob Pruitt & Jack Early's other artwork