Deadly Sins (Snowglobes) by Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, Eyebeam Open Studios Fall 2009 / SML

Deadly Sins (Snowglobes) by Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, Eyebeam Open Studios Fall 2009 / SML

Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese chat with See-ming Lee regarding their new collectible sculptures limited-edition series Deadly Sins. The set of snowglobes are available individually, each of which contain one word from the seven deadly sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride - and represented by a unique color.

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Interviewed and photographed during Eyebeam Open Studios Fall 2009, a biennial event celebrating the synergy of art, design and technology in New York City.

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Deadly Sins

A new collectible, slated to set the mark as an icon for the 22nd Century - collect all Seven Deadly Sins. Due out by December in an exclusive limited edition set.

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Pure Products USA | Ligorano/Reese Collaboration in Art

Towards a Surreal Politik

In 1992, we began Pure Products of America as a series of multiple editions focusing on the impact of marketing on politics. Over the past 17 years, the series has expanded and now includes 14 pieces running the gamut from snow globes to underwear (our underwear was the first to pack a political message), to happy meals.

Each object is signed and numbered in various sized editions. When we introduce Pure Products, we send some of them as gifts to government officials. Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton, members of the Supreme Court and various Senators and Congressional representatives have all received a pure product at one time or another.

Pure Products also function as discreet elements in installations. The installations The Bible Belt, Pillars of the Clean Order, and Steel Nipples incorporated them in sculptural settings with video and other media. In 2001, we expanded on this idea with the inauguration of an online retail website as part of the project.

Each piece is grounded within a framework that satirizes political values and, often, lampoons morality. Some pure products, like Line Up and Contract with America underwear, became media sensations, reported in the press, on television and radio. The commentary surrounding the artwork is a mixture of absurdity and culture jamming, amplifying how much the media interprets and misinterprets contemporary art and blurs the connections between art, activism and commerce.

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Photography by SML Photography.
Original soundtrack by SML Music.
Video production by SML Universe.

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CC-BY-SA 2009 See-ming Lee 李思明 SML

Cast: See-ming Lee 李思明 SML