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Paul McCarthy

Peter Paul Skin Sample / Billy Club, 2005

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15 color photographs
(digital laser prints) in cardboard box,
6 5/8 x 10“ (16,8 x 25,4 cm) each,
Ed. 36/XII, signed and numbered

Unique sculptural object, PVC, rubber
foam, gaffers tape, variable dimensions,
approx. 20 x 4 x 4” (55 x 10 x 10 cm),
Ed. 36/XII, signed and numbered
(out of print)

Skin-deep fragments get under your skin in this candidly uninhibited and touchingly intimate memento mori.

Empty threats? Hyperagression kept in check by the soft core of art.


“I was interested in therapy, and I talked about venting. I made a hollow box covered in—the type of bent metal hot rods (Vented Cube Drawing, 1975). Then I wrote this poem about venting. Venting the subconscious. I want to vent a situation...” Paul McCarthy, interview with Jeremy Sigler Parkett No. 73, 2005