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    Sale 2605

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 715

    APARNA RAO

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    APARNA RAO
    (BORN IN 1978)
    THE UNCLE PHONE
    PLASTIC, METAL AND ELECTRICAL SCULPTURE
    9.8 X 201 X 14 CM. (3 7/8 X 79 1/8 X 5 IN.)
    EXECUTED IN 2004


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    ARPANA RAO'S THE UNCLE PHONE (LOT 715) IS A WORKING ELONGATED TELEPHONE DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR HER LAZY UNCLE. "THIS PROJECT IS INSPIRED BY MY UNCLE'S PECULIAR HABIT OF ASKING PEOPLE TO DO THINGS FOR HIM THAT HE CAN VERY WELL DO HIMSELF, SUCH AS DIALING THE NUMBER ON A LANDLINE TELEPHONE (WHILE HE ONLY LISTENS). THIS TWO METER LONG PHONE WAS MADE TO EXPRESS THE UNIQUE WAY THAT MY UNCLE USES REGULAR TELEPHONE; IT REQUIRES TWO PEOPLE TO OPERATE - ONE TO DIAL AND ANOTHER TO SPEAK."

    Saleroom Notice

    THIS WORK IS A COLLABORATIVE PIECE BY ARTISTS SOREN PORS AND APARNA RAO. THE ARTISTS ARE TOGETHER KNOWN AS PORS AND RAO.