Usually, one would think that if a rug gets so dirty that it becomes a starting point for new growths including mushrooms, maybe it’s time for the rug to go … in this case, it gets turned into a work of art! Just kidding … this art work by Roxy Paine – titled Rug no. 1, 2015 – has the various objects attached to the rug made out of polymer, epoxy, resin, aluminum, and stainless steel … but no real mushrooms!
We saw this piece at Paul Kasmin Gallery’s booth at the 2016 Armory Show. One might initially respond with “what’s the point of mushrooms on a rug?” But an explanation from Roxy Paine’s Wikipedia page provides a better understanding: “In his body of work, Roxy Paine mirrors natural processes, drawing increasingly on the tension between organic and man-made environments, between the human desire for order and nature’s drive to reproduce.” In this case, Paine suggests that rather than have man battling against nature, they’ve decided to co-exist … the more I think about it, the more I like it.