Work: Standard 1 - an example Clue

Much of the following is taken more or less verbatim from Geoff Bunn's Official site. The idea is show what a Clue is and how it may function in identifying and understanding an Unfound art work.

Standard #1

Standard #1 was the title of the first Unfound piece. (If it is included in the list, there are 28 pieces in total - but it is not normally included in the list). Unlike every other Unfound piece, Standard #1 was never actually placed anywhere. But had it been so placed, the following indicates how it may have been discovered using the Clues:-

"’Standard # 1 is in fact a standard lamp with red, blue, white and yellow paint on the base. It was made in the UK in the 1960’s. I was also born in the UK in the 1960’s. The lamp was an object absolutely typical of the suburban world I was born and brought up in. That was why I chose it. It is pure 1960's council estate. As am I… Well, anyway, when I moved from the UK to Sweden I took this lamp with me. So that, in effect, it too, a product of 1960's Birmingham - just like me - had emigrated from the UK to Stockholm. So I decorated it with the colours of both flags.."

“In terms of discovering the piece I devised four or five clues which cross-referenced one another and more or less strongly indicated both what the object was and how it had some significance to me. Of course they also gave one a good idea as to where the piece might be found. The idea being, that whoever could decipher the Clues would understand the piece even before they had encountered it. And, upon encountering it, they could have it…"

"Anyway, the first of the Clues to this object was a simple photocopy of both my birth certificate and my passport. I think the relevance of the passport was pretty obvious: one uses them for travel. That the birth certificate might have referred to an object made in the 1960’s – as well as a person born then – was a little more obscure but not overly so…"

"The second clue was a collection of four painted light bulbs on a piece of pine. Well, pine is more or less synonymous with Scandinavia and the … bulbs themselves of course were a big clue as to what the object might have been…"

"Thirdly there was the envelope. An idea I really got from watching the film ‘Charade’. The stamp was of course Swedish. And the name on the envelope was that of Mr Petersson - the surname of a friend. There was no address. I don’t think it took too much imagination to realise that if you found Mr Petersson’s address, you might well find the object in his home…"

"The fourth and final clue gave one an idea as to where he lived. It was a photograph of Stan Laurel taken late in life and under which I had written ‘Old Stan’. The old part of Stockholm is named Gamla Stan, which translates as The Old Town, if you combined the two things you got ‘Old Stan…"

"All four Clues were then combined into a single image; Four photographs in a row entitled 'Clues for 'Standard # 1’'. A copy of them should be on this website somewhere. But if it's not, then that's not my fault!".

And here is a copy of Clues for Standard #1

source

Geoff Bunn Art & Artist


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