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Hippies and a Ouija Board (Everyone Needs to Cling to Something)

21st century
106.7 cm x 58.4 cm x 48.3 cm (42 in. x 23 in. x 19 in.)

Dario Robleto (San Antonio, Texas, 1972 - ) Primary

Object Type: sculpture
Artist Nationality: North America, American
Medium and Support: Suitcase, Ouija board, bottles, medicine, and records
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of The Brown Foundation, the Michener Acquisitions Fund, and the Blanton Contemporary Circle, 2004
Accession Number: 2004.182

Extended medium and support: Suitcase: cast and carved dehydrated bone calcium and bone dust from every bone in the body, microcrystalline cellulose, cold cast iron and brass, rust, antique syringe, crushed velvet, leather, thread, water extendable resin, and typeset. Ouija board, bottles, and medicine: cast and carved dehydrated bone calcium and bone dust from every bone in the body, typeset, home-brewed moonshine (potato-derived alcohol), homemade wine health tonics (water, sugar, fermented black cherries, yeast, gelatin, tartaric acid, pectinase, sulfur dioxide, oak flavoring, fortified with: 100-year-old hemlock oil, Devil’s Claw, witch hazel bark, swamp root, powdered rhubarb, pleurisy root, belladonna root, white pine tar, coal tar, dandelion, sarsaparilla, mandrake, mullein, skullcap, cramp bark, elder, ginseng, horny goat weed, tansy, sugar of lead, mercury with chalk and tin-oxide, calcium, potassium, creatine, zinc, iron, nickel, copper, boron, vitamin K, crushed amino acids, home-cultured antibiotics, chromium, magnesium, colostrums, ironized yeast, ground pituitary gland, ground wisdom teeth, ground sea horse, shark cartilage, coral calcium, iodine, and castor oil). Records: various 1960’s 45-rpm records cast in prehistoric whale bone dust, and typeset.

In this remarkable work, a young artist schooled in DJ culture and alchemy has collapsed multiple imagined and appropriated histories into one fictional narrative that allows a reconsideration of questions of faith (and faith healing) from a fresh point of view. The meticulous list of media answers the question: What reassurances, comforts, and potions would a 1960s hippie need today to heal the ailments from which he might be suffering?

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