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Art Vending Machine by Sadaharu Horio © Amber C. Snider
Art Vending Machine by Sadaharu Horio © Amber C. Snider
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This Japanese Artist Is Making $1 Original Paintings From A Vending Machine in NYC

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Home & Design Editor
Updated: 12 July 2017
An avant-garde artist is selling original, on-the-spot paintings for $1 from inside a man-made vending machine. And it’s pretty amazing.
The Armory Show, 2017. Artist Sadaharu Horio's Vending Machine performance @Amber C. Snider
The Armory Show, 2017. Artist Sadaharu Horio’s Vending Machine performance @Amber C. Snider

At The Armory Show 2017 in Manhattan, Sadaharu Horio, the youngest member of the Japanese avant-garde group Gutai, spends several hours each day inside a man-made vending machine making instant art for $1. The artist is never seen by the viewer, and about one minute after the money is inserted into the “machine” — it takes either coins or single dollar bills — the artist discretely slips a custom painting from underneath the booth.

The “vending machine” is made from discarded materials and viewers (or customers?) can choose between 10 different painting types, ranging from a “whipping painting” to a “sound painting.” The five-day long performance appeals to society’s love of spontaneity and instant gratification. Plus where else can you get an original piece of art for $1? Actually, where can you get anything nowadays for a dollar?

An Imitation Painting, Bordered Painting, and another Imitation Painting by Sadaharu Horio © Amber C. Snider
An Imitation Painting, Bordered Painting, and another Imitation Painting by Sadaharu Horio | © Amber C. Snider

“Horio’s art is the extension of his day-to-day living, and its focus is on the act of creation itself. It resides in the ordinary and is encountered by surprise. Horio invites the viewer to participate and question the traditional ideas about art, institutions and the market,” according to Axel Vervoordt’s press statement.

The Armory Show is one of NYC’s largest art shows, featuring 210 international galleries inside Piers 92 and 94, and runs until March 5.

Art Vending Machine by Sadaharu Horio © Amber C. Snider
Art Vending Machine by Sadaharu Horio | © Amber C. Snider