This marble represents Chris Juedemann‘s ultimate critique of American culture – the obsession with pop culture, the fetishization of celebrity, the hegemony of American nationalism. Its creation perfectly timed to coincide with the July 4th weekend.
The work involved in a piece of this magnitude is staggering, countless hours spent on an insanely obscure medium. Only an absolute obsession could result in such a masterpiece, done in a painstaking process with roots 4000 years old. From the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Italians, and the American studio artists of the 60’s… all of that has been leading up to this. Never before has so much history been incorporated into a marble.
And what a specimen it is. The back, a multi-layered swirl based on early German design, with colours reminiscient of Mark Matthews, Geoffrey Beetem, Doug Sweet, and James Alloway. The history blends into the front, showcasing modern culture and representing it’s influence on the world.
This marble is made to be explored – you have to twist, tilt, and swivel it, a new view for each murrine, as if you were looking at the subject itself. You can’t get a full perspective at a glance, just as a quick look can never reveal the full extent influence that American pop culture has had on the history of mankind.
The center murrine is Jack Nicholson ‘Shining’, representing all work and no play. Surrounding it are: Erik Anders, The Godfather, Willie Nelson,Juedemann 2008 sig chip, Wheat, Buffalo Bill, Andy Warhol, Chief Yellow Buffalo, Winston Churchill, Heart, Marble Bert, Rhett and Scarlett, Napoleon Bonaparte, Juedemann 2006 sig chip, Fireman, Robert E. Lee, Frank Lloyd Wright, Space Shuttle launch, William Tell, Han Solo, Leica ‘Click’, 2x Alfred Hitchcock (two different versions), Humphrey Bogart, Abbie Hoffman, Neil Cassady, Tree Frog, Sid Vicious, Alice in Wonderland, Emilio Zapata, Charles Darwin, Han Solo, Patsy Cline, Alan Greenspan, Jackie Robinson, Thomas Edison, and assorted millefiori. The murrine and milli were made from 2003 to 2010.
Made in 2014