"I made this."
This unisex bag is a postmodern homage to its Cubist and Pop ancestors. Avant-gardism is pulled into a new light, as the flimsy plastic of consumerism is solidified and expanded into thick, sturdy nylon. In this transformation, Chan bridges the gap between the analytic and synthetic—closely analyzing the subtle three-dimensionality of a real plastic bag and representing it in a new spatiotemporal field.
The bag features a monumental sign, which reads “Y.P. 99¢ & up.” Three human figures and one large cat gather around the structure in reflection of the contemporary publishing field. Oldenburgian scale exaggeration meets Warholian emphasis on the seduction of customer satisfaction and banal goods, creating a 21 st century memento mori. However, this tote proves that Gigantism is a questionable aesthetic tactic with a questionable aesthetic value. Publishing is redefined through the accessibility of a deli bag, elevating it to the untouchable realm of the hand-sewn Hermès Birkin bag.