Jason Rhoades. Sound Piece (Duet for Hammond and Hammond), 2000. 4 MD players, various MDs, 4 wooden tables with collaged photos under plexiglass, 4 plastic barrels, one aluminium barrel, one wooden Mephisto shoe box, cables, aluminium pole, motion detectors, speakers, rolls of posters, miniature rugs. Dimensions variable.
The shoeboxes are storage devices, but they also refer to the relationship between Heaven and Hell presented in the installation: Mephisto is a brand of comfortable shoes and the name of a demonic literary character. According to Rhoades, this duality is further embodied by the idea that “if you throw things in paradise or in a perfect world away, it’s creating evil.”