Hyperrealistic Paintings of iMac and AirBook Boxes

Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Douke makes extremely detailed paintings of discarded iMac and MacBook boxes — complete with packaging tape and dirty smudges — as commentary on what he calls “Western society’s utopian dream of liberation through the computer.” As Douke, who as you might of guessed is a fan of Marcel Duchamp, explains, “There is an element of industrial process to my selection of images. I make paintings of things people look at everyday, but don’t necessarily see. They are what I call icons of expendability.” His work will be featured in a new survey opening this Friday at Sacramento, California’s  Crocker Art Museum; click through to preview a selection of paintings that will be on display.

Daniel Douke, AirBook, 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 10 x 14 x 2 1/2 in. Collection of the artist