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Nick Normal

Title & Date: Security Device Enclosed (Half-Life 2 – Game of the Year Edition)
 (2012)
Material: Cardboard, photocopy, cellulose tape
Dimensions: 13.5cm x 19cm x 2.8cm

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"Security Device Enclosed (Half-Life 2 – Game of the Year Edition)" by Nick Normal

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According to the artist, Half-Life 2 is one of the best games of all time. This object is a replica of the Game of the Year edition, encased in cellulose tape like original shrink-wrapping. However, this object cannot be unwrapped without ruining the artwork. The object’s name is tongue-in-cheek: there is no security device enclosed, there is nothing inside, but the owner cannot disprove that. The purchase price of this artwork will likely cost more than the actual mass-market commodity.

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Category: Sculpture

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Description: According to the artist, Half-Life 2 is one of the best games of all time. This object is a replica of the Game of the Year edition, encased in cellulose tape like original shrink-wrapping. However, this object cannot be unwrapped without ruining the artwork. The object’s name is tongue-in-cheek: there is no security device enclosed, there is nothing inside, but the owner cannot disprove that. The purchase price of this artwork will likely cost more than the actual mass-market commodity.

Artist Biography:
 Longtime Fluxer Nick Normal was born-n-bred in St. Louis, MO. He received his BA in Fine Art with Honours at Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design in London, UK. Making photocopy facsimiles comments on existing mass-market economies and simultaneously creates their own economies in the world of art. Unlike mass produced products, this object is an edition of 1, paying homage to one of the artist’s favorite games of all time. The only way to disprove the artwork’s title is to open it up and completely ruin the object (and therefore void the financial and cultural capital of the art).