William Bryan Purcell
Exhibition: EAF06: 2006 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, 2006
Last Man Standing, 2006
Steel, cement, paint
13' x 10' x 10'
Part of an ongoing series of works that explore themes of masculinity, this is a memorial to an inherently flawed archetype of American manhood that is modeled on road side attractions that might lure tourists for a photo opportunity. The gift shop was employed as a companion to the giant stump serving as a performance space and commercial venue for the marketing of T-shirts and miniatures. When activated, the artist attends the booth in his pink mountian man outfit, playing the character that has inspired the monument.