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Milk and Honey

1994–96

Charles LeDray, Milk and Honey, 1994–96. 2000 porcelain objects, glass, and wood, 77 × 30 × 30 in. (195.6 × 76.2 × 76.2 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee  96.75a-b
For Milk and Honey, Charles LeDray made two thousand tiny white porcelain pots. Each is no more than an inch or two high and was “thrown” one at a time using a miniature pottery wheel. If you look closely, you can see that every single pot is different—with unique curves, handle, and lid. But all of the pots are alike in their lack of color and decoration. This draws your attention to their wide variety of forms and details, which range from simple to quite complex. Arranged on six glass shelves in a plain glass case, the pots can be seen in multiple ways: from straight-on at eye level, a bird’s-eye view from above, or a worm’s-eye view from below.
Charles LeDray, Milk and Honey, 1994-96 (detail).

Charles LeDray, Milk and Honey, 1994-96 (detail).

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