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Akron Wall

Collection item 2009.015.0001
  • Period Twentieth-Century
  • Materials Sheet metal, metal signs, wood, nails, and paint on wood panel
  • Object Number 2009.015.0001
  • Dimensions overall: 9 in x 12 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 22.86 cm x 31.4325 cm x 1 3/4 in
  • Credit Line Gift of Julia J. Norrell in memory of Scotty McIntyre, 2009

Using an unorthodox mix of media, Christenberry explores the landscape of the American South. He explained, “As far back as 1964, I was trying to find a way to incorporate objects in my work and moved from the two-dimensional plane of thick paint to using some of the objects I found, not just signs but other things…this was the bridge between my painting on a two-dimensional plane and a three-dimensional work, this desire or this love, for both painting and sculpture.” Akron Wall is a miniaturized construction of rusted soft drink signs and materials from the roadside. Some objects, such as the small Coca-Cola sign, have been bleached by the sun. Others are deliberately painted to appear aged and worn.