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Michigan Worker

Accession Number
2004/1.153

Title
Michigan Worker

Artist(s)
George Vargas

Object Creation Date
1985

Medium & Support
welding goggles, metal, hanging bells, rusty bottle cap, pulleys, chains, and padlock mounted on plywood

Dimensions
20 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (53.02 cm x 26.35 cm x 6.51 cm);20 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (53.02 cm x 26.35 cm x 6.51 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the artist

Subject matter
Created when Vargas was a student at the University of Michigan, “Michigan Worker” draws on the tradition of the found object and junk art, as well as a figurative tradition, which he evokes by using industrial materials representing the working class Michigan automotive worker.

Physical Description
A mixed media assemblage consisting of welding goggles, rusted metal, a padlock, and two rusted bells hanging from a chain mounted on a wooden board with screws. The position of the objects, with goggles at the top, makes the assemblage look vaguely face-like.

Primary Object Classification
Mixed Media

Primary Object Type
found object

Additional Object Classification(s)
Mixed Media

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Latino
found objects
goggles
junk sculpture
portraits
working class

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