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Mi er wa qi: Electric Drill

William James Andersen (West Allis, Wisconsin, )
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Acrylic and enamel on Milwaukee Electric Tool drill
3 x 10 x 8 in. (7.62 x 25.4 x 20.32 cm)
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Mi er wa qi: Electric Drill, 2005-2007
William James Andersen
Acrylic and enamel on Milwaukee Electric Tool drill
3 x 10 x 8 in. (7.62 x 25.4 x 20.32 cm)
The Chipstone Foundation 2012.9

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Although all of Milwaukee Electric Tool's local manufacturing has been outsourced since 2004, its recent dale to a China-based company indicates a new phase of globalization and serves as a springboard for the anachronistic chinoiserie pastiche in my installation. While chinoiserie is usually viewed as a minor Western decorative art-despite examples from Watteau and Boucher-and its products as bad European copies of Chinese wares, it merits another look in the context of China's global economic ascendancy and in this postmodern era of simulacrum. The replication spawned by chinoiserie was hardly a one-way street: European "outsourcing" of chioiserie's production led to Indian, Japanese, American and once again, Chinese workers re-producing it, each influencing as well as being affected by its development. I ise the pre-modern hybridic style of chinoiserie to critically question, as well as to delight in the poetic possibilities of, new conflations of culture and production that, for me, fuse the local and the personal with the global.

-Artist Statement, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships For Individual Artists, 2004, exhibition catalogue.

Mi er wa qi is Milwaukee in Pinyin Chinese.
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