John Underwood (1988) What if you want to replace an objet trouvée which functions as a readymade back into its 'original' environment? What happens if you reverse the direction of its 'economy' where its former exchange value had changed into another one? Could it be reterritorialised? Will this reversed translocation lead to a different transfiguration of art and the object? Will that change its effect or meaning? These questions came up after finding one of these olds ink roll boxes for a typewriter on a flea market.
I realized that my understanding of the firms name has never returned to its previous 'location' of understanding after the famous intervention of the readymade by Marcel Duchamp. Could it be possible to disenchant the artistic aura of the work? Realizing that will be impossible because there will always be a remainder (supplement) of any of these traces I put the emphasis on the etcetera sign to articulate the everlasting ambiguity of the ready-made’s gesture. In its first exhibition the work was installed on the outside of the building that contained the exhibition space.

Specifications Dimensions: 0.40m. by 0.65m. Material: Marble (pollux).

Exhibited: Ocean Art Space, Arnhem, Holland, (1989), Apunto Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland (1989)

Owned by: Cast & Cast Foundation, Amsterdam, Holland