The argument, “my child could have done that” has been evoked often in modern art. What happens when the elite actually does recognize an amateur? The history of Arte Brute, and so-called outsider art is explored in Discount Daddy.
Does sculpting in VR and 3D printing make one an accepted Scultor? Is there a difference between Brâncusi and Oliver Laric. In “Discount Daddy”, Laundry addresses these concerns in an immersive multi-media work and sculptural installation and durational performance. Additionally, Laundry’s insouciant attitude towards fatherhood, DIY culture, and the art canon comes through in a speculative film and sculpture.
Sculptural practice in the expanded field technically covers 3D printed sculptures. But does a father getting a Lego 3D print wrong count as art? What does unintentionally making Norway’s most famous contemporary sculpture show us about the ongoing debate about what counts as art?
In Discount Daddy, the audience is introduced to a strange incident, which might have occurred in 2021 creating an international feud between Norway and Denmark. Laundry’s speculative incident may have also created a schism within the contemporary arts community. Discount Daddy dreams about the Norwegian “Statens kunstutstilling, Høstutstillingen” arguably, the most anticipated exhibition of the year in Norway. It bestows artistic prowess guaranteeing favourable critical and commercial success to the artist. Discount Daddy takes multiple perspectives on an alternative reality where Laundry was selected as the jury winner at Høstutstillingen. The speculative film plays with mocumentary as a celebration of Laundry as an artist who has “made it. It also includes Professor Henrik B. Anderssen discussing a much discussed critique of Laundry published in Kunstkritikk.
Rather than a rebuttal to traditionalists reverence for the “artist’s hand”, Laundry brings the human element back into the process of 3D printing that is often dispossessed from human creations. Not only does Laundry explore what is precious between the art object and the artist, but what is precious between a 3D printed toy and one’s daughter.
Vilnius Academy of the Arts, 2022
Costume Design: Michael Laundry
Makeup: Michael Laundry
Set Design: Michael Laundry
Choreography: Michael Laundry
Dancers: Alexi Brancas
Script: Michael Laundry
Filming: Myclef Laun
Sound Installations: Michael Laundry