Electronic Sculpture Archive
Bruce Cannon

This site is an archive of my older interactive,  electronic and computer-controlled sculpture.  You can always find out about my latest projects via my gateway, brucecannon.com.


Patronage (1995); click to enlargePatronage (1995)

Microcontroller, display, clock, gilt frame;
12x14x2; 10lbs.

Status: collection of Lisle Matheson

Patronage is a subscription sculpture which attempts to maintain a financial relationship between the artist and the sculpture's owner.  Patronage is composed of an LCD text display screen, computer and clock circuitry within an ornate frame.  The sculpture emulates a certificate of appreciation for its owners ongoing support of the artist's work, by displaying the message "_owner's name_, patron of the arts.  Providing an ongoing commitment to the work of this struggling conceptual artist."

Patronage detail; click for an enlargementThis acknowledgement message is displayed for one year, after which the piece displays instead a message prompting the owner to renew their commitment.  The owner has thirty days to buy from the artist a code which, when input to the sculpture using the keypad, will reset it for another year.  If the financial commitment is not renewed, the piece switches to a message which describes the owner's abandonment of their commitment.

Patronage is wall hung using two keyholes and requires 120v.


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