Elmgreen and Dragset (Danish, b. 1961, and Norwegian, b. 1968)
Short Cut, 2003
Installed, approx: 98 2/5 x 334 7/10 x 118 in. (250 x 850 x 300 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange.
In Short Cut, Elmgren and Dragset give the illusion that a car and camper trailer have driven straight through the center of the earth and emerged halfway around the world. (Short Cut was first exhibited at the Galleria Vittoria Emmanuele in Milan; for Universal Experience, Short Cut was installed on the MCA plaza.) Their whimsical and nostalgic sculpture evokes family road trips but also implies uncharted regions we have yet to explore in this era of globalization.