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About The Work

The automobile is a fascinating machine. Since its inception the automobile has driven us faster and faster into the future. Carving out the modern world, it has done brilliantly, reproducing itself by the multi-millions. Along the way it has figured out how to control us, becoming one of the machines that we will give our lives to keep operating.

I developed Extruder as a response to this machine that we worship. I wanted to celebrate it. Criticize it. Emulate it. Making hundreds of Play-Doh cars. Millions. The ultimate goal of Extruder is to make the total number of automobiles that were made in 1947 (the year Henry Ford died) by the Ford motor company, an estimated 429,674. The process will continue until the total number is reached.

As the Play-Doh cars are produced, they are encased in clear epoxy on wooden panels as part of a series of wall hung compositions. Varying in size, each panel has a different number of cars and is titled according to the corresponding production line number.

Play-Doh automobiles produced to date: 8200 est.