Michael Assiff at First Continent

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Artist: Michael Assiff

Exhibition title: Remediation Flowers

Venue: First Continent, Baltimore, US

Date: July 9 – August 21, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and First Continent

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on Belgian linen, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on drop cloth, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on cotton army duck, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on drop cloth, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on cotton army duck, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on cotton army duck, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on Belgian linen, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016 (detail)
Plastic on Belgian linen, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on cotton army duck, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on cotton army duck, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on Belgian linen, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Tote Bag, 2016
Ink on canvas, Shiatsu Massager, Cliff bar

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Michael Assiff, Aesbestos (Sinks), 2016
Latex, spackle and hardware

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic and wall paint on cotton army duck, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic and wall paint on cotton army duck, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on dropcloth, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators, 2016
Plastic on dropcloth with flammable sticker, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, Aesbestos (Pipes), 2016
Latex, spackle and hardware

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Michael Assiff, Aesbestos (Pipes), 2016 (detail)
Latex, spackle and hardware

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Michael Assiff, Aesbestos (Conduit box), 2016
Latex, spackle and hardware

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Michael Assiff, Hyperaccumulators (Clippings), 2016
Plastic and coaxial cable on Belgian linen, 14 x 18”

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Michael Assiff, HVAC (Phytoremediation), 2016
Grow lamp, Martha Stewart Organic Sunflower Seeds and Miracle Gro in airconditioning duct

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Michael Assiff, HVAC (Phytoremediation), 2016
Grow lamp, Martha Stewart Organic Sunflower Seeds and Miracle Gro in airconditioning duct

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Michael Assiff, HVAC (Phytoremediation), 2016
Grow lamp, Martha Stewart Organic Sunflower Seeds and Miracle Gro in airconditioning duct

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Michael Assiff, HVAC (Phytoremediation), 2016
Grow lamp, Martha Stewart Organic Sunflower Seeds and Miracle Gro in airconditioning duct

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Michael Assiff, HVAC (Phytoremediation), 2016
Grow lamp, Martha Stewart Organic Sunflower Seeds and Miracle Gro in airconditioning duct

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Michael Assiff, Aesbestos (Sprinkler), 2016
Latex, spackle and hardware

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Michael Assiff, Sunflower (Exhaust), 2016
Craft paint on galvanized steel

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