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 II (1996-1998); click for an enlargementPatronage II (1996-1998)

Old painting, computer, decadent frame;
18x16x3"; 10lbs.

Status: available

Patronage is the second in a series of sculptures which attempt 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."

This 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 a small button, will reset it for another year.  If the financial commitment is not renewed, the piece switches to the following message: "_owner's name_ has abandoned their commitment to the arts by failing to continue the promised support for the work of this struggling conceptual artist."

With the original Patronage piece, it was found that the owner's found this state amusing, and in fact preferred it over maintaining the project as intended.   Patronage II addresses this possible circumstance with an insistent beeping, which gets louder and louder as the months go by.  Finally, the owners will have no choice but to participate, or unplug the sculpture.

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


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