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  Feeding the 5000  

Feed the 5000
Biennial opening night
Independent District

  Transparent Eyeball

Chadwick Rantanen

Transparent Eyeball

Independent District

55 New Bird Street


The Claw (2003) by Chadwick Rantanen satiates the desire of any current or former adolescent who has plugged a coin-operated game in the hopes of scoring a prize, and lost (again and again). Rantanen installed a crane machine in a dark, vacant room.

Inside its large glass box, illuminated by a ring of small light bulbs, a lone claw dips repeatedly into a mound of colorful stuffed creatures, each time tenuously clasping one and sending it down a chute. Where one could only ever hope of attaining one of the furry, oddly shaped prizes, here the claw methodically empties out the entire space.

By isolating the game outside of the context of say Coney Island, the lust for the strange prizes ­ ranging from animals, insects, fruits to cowboy hats ­ indicate a culture so obsessed with amassing things, it matters little what they are.

In this way, the content of the game is displaced and the sheer act of winning is laced with a palpable, scintillating tension. The claw¹s unwavering victory puts an end to the cycle of rising aspirations and deferred satisfaction that keeps our capitalist economies churning.


Artists represented at White Diamond:

Cory Arcangel
Peter Coffin
Ara Peterson
Paper Rad
Lauren Cornell
Astria Suparak
Kendra Gaeta
Michael Connor
Meredith Danluck
Amy Globus

Jeremy Laing
Will Munro
Rohesia Hamilton
Chadwick Rantanen
Seth Price
Scott Thomas
Gerard Holthuis
Saki Satom
Paul Slocum
Kent Lambert
Rebekah Rutkoff
Kelly Oliver
Abbey Williams
Andrew Jeffrey Wright
Clare Rojas
Bryan Boyce
Dara Greenwald
Jim Finn


Archived February 2008, another new folder