The Post New
Photo: Christo Crocker and Dan McCabe
The Post New is a series of wall-based assemblages that feature used Hoover vacuum cleaners. The assemblages are closely based on Jeff Koons’ 1980 series The New, a suite of wall mounted and Perspex encased Hoover vacuum cleaners, referred to by the artist as breathing machines. Where Koons’ vacuums remain pristine, eternally new consumer products, the found appliances in The Post New are exhausted by use and wear, evoking the ceaselessness of the work they promise to alleviate. Engaging with the relationship of consumer culture to work-ethic, and continuing Koons’ respiratory metaphor, the works in The Post New suggest a limit to prolonged inhalation and exhalation.
Breathing Machines by Stephanie Berlangieri
Post New Hoover Intelligent Robots, 2023
Hoover Intelligent Robot vacuums, fluorescent lights, acrylic.
142 x 34 x 22 cm
Post New Hoover Magic Stick and Hoover Aura II, 2023
Hoover Magic Stick vacuum, Hoover Aura II vacuum, fluorescent lights, acrylic.
142 x 56 x 40 cm
Post New Hoover Ultra Light, 2022
Hoover Ultra Light vacuum, fluorescent lights, acrylic.
142 x 20 x 30 cm
Post New Hoover Intelligent Robot, 2022
Hoover Intelligent Robot vacuum, fluorescent lights, acrylic.
80 x 34 x 22 cm
Post New Hoover HandiVac Wet & Dry, 2022
Hoover HandiVac Wet & Dry vacuum, fluorescent lights, acrylic.
80 x 20 x 30 cm