Coconuts

The Coconut Sculptures came from the notion to use a seed as a container and a starting point. The first one, Mark in a Nutshell, was a portfolio holding images of the art I made in Miami, kind of a Boîte en Coconut. Fun, but it was quarantined in German customs for so long that I missed the application deadline for Grad School in Europe. I found the "tourist artifact" quality of coconuts humorously appealing and made more, though cutting them in half by hand was a good trick. Happily I later found someone who would do it with a band saw. I think the twin sides of these early sculptures gave rise to the split image monkey paintings and a predilection for diptychs.

All works © Mark DeMuro.


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Mark in a Nutshell
1974
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Past to Present
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Comedy & Death
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King & Queen I
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King & Queen II
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Coconut of the Chicken and Egg
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Coconut of the Two Clowns
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Golden Game
1996
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Mirror of Venus Coconut
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Single and Couple Coconut
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Teacher Student Coconut
1982
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Coconut of the Sun and Moon
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Dinner for Arthur Belfer and Jeane Kirkpatrick
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Coconut of Art n' Life
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Coconut of Starbursts
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Triple Game in a Nutshell
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Spring Nut
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Coconut of the Golden Calf
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Trompe L'oeil
1999