Before there were mannequins; there were people.
Our thought with this window was that the figures in it were live performers
sporting the advantages of different articles
of refinement from hats to gloves.
Shoes. Crazy shoes. Fast swinging shoes. Shoes that move your feet.
The shoes that make people meet. A wonderous feat, plaid shoes with
pleats. At the store they greet with no intent of retreat. You sir,
have a seat. These shoes are such a sweet treat.
The fifties and buying appliances were unseparatable.
These are the first mannequins we represented in this mural. They
were drawn with the little notches where their arms, wrists and head
are meant to come off. The pop culture of commerce is in its infancy
and growing quickly.
was this panel created?
Under a highway overpass, in a concrete corner
Worcester, Massachusetts, was a wonderful old
piece of graffitti that simply read: Bill and Muffy 4-ever. It was recently
erased, but hopefully the prophetic love spoken of in that simple text
has lived on. The two above are a reminder of a style and way of life
that was also suppose to last 4-eva.
Less than a decade away and the nostalgia is strong.
But not for the work. Business and fashion met and didn't necessarily
get along. Miami Vice taught us how to solve conflict through peaceable
acts. And the marching army of briefcase toters forever dated themselves
as the money lovers with strange haircuts.
X-streme x-actions x-became x-the x-way
x-to x-sell x-anything x-to x-an x-adventure x-starved
x-conservative x-couch x-potatoes. X-this x-may x-sound x-cynical, x-but
x-streme x-socks, x-streme x-chocolate x-and x-streme x-vacations have
made us a little x-skeptical.
Near the end of this century the onslaught
of advertisements geared towards children has
reached an all time high. The arguably easily manipulated child-as-consumer
lay helpless to an endless barrage of images and campaigns directed
towards making them whine for the product in question. Technological
products + children = techno/cyborg kids.
This is a display window in the not so distant future. The product they
are selling is pure light. We sell bottled water right now, so, who
knows what the future will bring. But, hopefully it will bring mannequins
as exciting as these.
The collective result of ideas on this panel of
the mural leaves us with yet another interpretation of the future. This
one has people with glass bubbles on their hands and they wiggle their
fingers to "type" in space and communicate. Not very convenient. Here
they stand before a holographic projection of some female head... the
future is very exciting.