Looks Very Tidy

Publicity shot

About the Work

John Bruneau and James Morgan of Ars Virtuahave created a piece entitled "Looks Very Tidy." The work originates in the 3D virtual engine of Second Life and is made up of three elements. Vacuum cleaners were created in the environment and rendered into real space with a 3D printer, a movie of the pair vacuuming the gallery (Ars Virtua) and a rotatable model of the Second Life vacuum cleaners are also featured.

Vacuuming is a fundamentally mundane process that relies on the nature of terrestrial reality (dirt & dust). When transposed into a game world it takes on an absurd quality and the drudgery becomes purely performative. Furthermore since the vacuum cleaner if functionally useless it becomes an object of pure fetish or "sculpture."

Currently "Looks Very Tidy" is being exhibited at Cabrillo Gallery in Aptos, California. It is showing as part of "On/Off Art in the Digital Era", juried by Sheila Malone. The show runs from October 8th to November 7th.

"Looks very tidy." first debuted in an exhibition at Gallery Aferro in New Jersey. The curated show, entitled "Our man in havana: the vacuum cleaner in art" ran from April 21 through May 26, 2007.


On/Off Art in the Digital Era
Gallery Aferro: Our Man in Havana
Fiend Ludwig
Rhizome Thred

Machinima Stills
Vacuum Photos by Mike Lowell
Modeling & Reference
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