Untitled (Spiral, Pop-up Photo Album)
Photo album in portfolio
12 x 12 x 1" CLOSED
Beginning in 1988, the Norton Family sent a limited edition Christmas gift to a wide list of friends in the art community including art institutions. Commissioned by an artist, the gift encompassed a variety of multi-media artworks such as a porcelain ashtray, a printed fan, a woven blanket, a lifesaver, a dollhouse and a crazy coffee cup all of which later became part of the Norton Family Art Projects. The spiral as a conceptual archetype is a recurring theme in the work of the American artist Peter Coffin, such as in his 2006 commission for Peter Nortons annual Christmas gift. Taking the format of a common photograph album, Coffin organized a series of postcards depicting rainbows into a three-dimensional spiral forming one enormous rainbow. As you open the volume, the constellation of cards expands in an upward swirl of color and form.
b. United States, 1972
Gift of Bruce Robertson and Thomas Kren
COFFIN, Peter and b. United States, 1972, “COFFIN, Peter,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed February 8, 2023, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/16693.