Lottery Time!


That’s right… a not so random lottery machine that tells the time.

THIS is awesome. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some pretty great people over my years here in the big city of NY. One of these guys is the artist James Hoff… and wouldn’t you know it, the opening reception is tonight here in New York City. It’s in the lower east side, you should go!

Excerpt: The umbrella prototype finds its cousin in a prototype of a lotto machine that tells time. In this sculpture, the regularity of a clock is conflated with the arbitrary movement of numbered balls bouncing around the inside of the machine, calling up the hour in place of a random number. While the entire lotto system has been criticized as a regressive tax on the poor, other forms of hazy economic distribution are hinted at in Hoff’s painted folding tables. Caterer’s typically inventory and color-code their tables by painting the tables’ undersides. Hoff’s similarly painted artworks are hung on the wall with their legs folded flat, determining the pictorial space with their lines and curves.

So anyway, this little baby was made here at the K-Lab… designed, CNC milled, fabbed, programmed, troubleshot, and subjected to much shaking of live chickens around in elaborate occult ceremonies to come up with the final clock, which works beautifully! Please excuse all of the masking paper that’s still stuck to the acrylic. It looks gorgeous in the gallery, and the sound it makes is about as awe inspiring as the B-52 takeoff that it seems to be mimicking.


James Hoff, Milking the Flat Cow
Callicoon Fine Arts
124 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002
November 11 – December 16, 2012

Opening reception: Sunday, November 11th, 6 – 8pm

I know openings are usually on Thursdays, but hurricane Sandy had other ideas for this show. Check it out.


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