J. Otto Siebold: Year's Supply of Turtle Wax
Jun 2001- May 2002
Enter a world of fleeting soap bubbles, zooming jet packs, excited detergent boxes and funky drumming bears; this is the world of J. Otto Seibold. His work gained widespread attention with his children's book, Olive the Other Reindeer, which he produced with author Vivian Walsh. As his website www.jotto.com indicates, he continues to expand his personal iconography exponentially. His catchy style of squished turntables and lazy-eyed turtles has already become a design staple.
For MASS MoCA, Seibold created the collage, Year's Supply of Turtle Wax. After papering a 55'-long wall with oversized prints, he layered the already intensely busy image with scribbled text, stickers and daubs of Turtle Wax and tempera. The Turtle Wax threads through the dense, dreamlike images and binds them together. As a boy watching game shows, Seibold was most impressed by the runner-up's prize: a year's supply of Turtle Wax. He imagined fleets of trucks pulling up in the driveway to deliver the great prize. Then, much to his dismay, he discovered a year's supply amounts to a single tin of Turtle Wax. J. Otto Seibold invites us to revel in a world where a year's supply of Turtle Wax is delivered via semi-trucks, turtle cars and backpack jet blasters.
J. Otto Siebold, A Year's Supply of Turtle Wax, (2001)