If ancient artists skimped or cut corners, the derrière was the most obvious place to do it. Contemporary anthropologists can quickly judge an ancient statue by looking at the butt to make judgments about its quality. Using asses to find value prompted me to collect the photos of well over 100 butts from the Greco- Roman period to 19th-century copies. I then created a video that used all of them. Using a deep cycle off-grid power source to run a projector and DVD player from my car, I can drive to places like museums that can handle a value judgment.  Without permission, I project the “Butt” video on the side of the building in question and ponder the quality inside. 

 

When the police come by to investigate, they quickly leave as it always looks like a "legitimate" art event sponsored by the museum in question.

 

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