Josh Kline - New Now New York Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    47 Canal, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, 47 Canal, Josh Kline, Dignity and Self-Respect, November 4 - December 18, 2011

  • Catalogue Essay

    "A few years ago my collaborators Jon Santos and Anicka Yi were both obsessed with this idea of water bottles leaching plastic while sitting in hot trucks in the sun. They thought we all needed to get glass or metal water bottles and start drinking tap water because bottled water was full of toxic plastic molecules. So I thought, why not just put the plastic in the water at the get-go? I boil the water bottles in their own water and then refill them with the plastic-infused water. The first boiled water bottles I made were Poland Spring bottles. After that I got really obsessed with these Duane Reade branded three-liter bottles—that were unfortunately discontinued—that look like computer architecture. It’s like drinking out of the Frank Gehry building in Chelsea. Their branding was pretty intense—a barcode Statue of Liberty on the label and the copy on the front which became the work’s title: “It’s clean, it’s natural, we promise.” On the back: “ . . . bottled in New York State for New Yorkers.” Josh Kline ("Josh Kline: New York, Dignity, and Self Respect
    by Jenny Borland," BOMB — Artists in Conversation, June 20, 2012)


it's clean, it's natural, we promise.

24 Duane Reade bottles boiled in their own water, plastic infused spring water and commercial metal shelving
each bottle dimensions variable 6 x 5 x 9 in. (15.24 x 12.7 x 22.86 cm.)
overall 72 x 24 x 15 1/2 in. (182.9 x 61 x 39.4 cm.)

Executed in 2011.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $37,500

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New York Auction 20 September 2016