From their base in Chiang Mai, Thailand, ephemera merchants Den Souvenir sell one-of-a-kind objects from times passed while producing new future artefacts, sure to endure, if only for their weirdness. It’s hard to see this first Den Souvenir delivery to arrive at Double Double as a “collection.” Rather, living up to their name, the items, ranging from hemp knitted hats to glass pipes to a branded mug, appear more like mementos from a souvenir store-meets-headshop. This is no mistake though, but Den Souvenirs mission: exploring the aesthetics and emotional resonances of the superfluous objects borne of tourism.
The Den Souvenir Fountain Ashtray pays homage to one of the art world’s most well-known provocateurs, Marcel Duchamp, and his famous “Fountain” work, a urinal laid down signed with the name “R. Mutt” which he exhibited at New York’s Grand Central Palace. Den Souvenir reimagine this canonical work as an ashtray and incense burner, with a “drain” hole to hold incense at an angle and rests for cigarettes along the sides of this unique ceramic piece.
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