Out now: our collaboration with Brooklyn based artist Olivia Vander Tuig. An edition of 20 hand engraved Zippo™ lighters. Available now in our webshop:
The Zippo™ is the archetypical form of a lighter. It is an object which has obtained pop cultural status, appearing in many films, books and works of art. One such example is Ed Ruscha’s artist’s book Various Small Fires and Milk (self-published, 1964). The book is Ruscha’s second photographically illustrated artist’s book, cataloguing a range of flames and a glass of milk. One of these small fires happens to be (you guessed it) a Zippo lighter.
As with many other small, utilitarian objects with a long lifetime, engraving and personalising Zippo lighters has been around for as long as the lighter itself.
Olivia Vander Tuig (b. 1991) is an artist and a conceptual producer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She makes work about the midwest, human cognition, and success.
Olivia’s Custom Lighters is an ongoing work started in 2014. It began as a cart on the street, making lighters for passers-by and tourists. In the past six years, hundreds of lighters have been made for people around the world.
The result is in equal parts an homage to Ruscha, with the title of his seminal artist book engraved mimicking its cover, and to the tradition of artist’s books. Every order includes a hand engraved original zippo lighter and comes in an original Zippo box, which has been hand painted, titled and numbered by the artist. Each lighter is engraved with ‘VARIOUS SMALL FIRES’ on the front and ‘AND MILK’ on the back. The sides of the lighter are engraved with ‘LL’EDITIONS’ along with its number in the edition on one side, and the artist’s signature and year on the other.
Get it today from: https://lleditions.se/product/various-small-fires/