Tom Sachs tests the tenuous line between representation and reality. By presenting works that imitate real objects, even in their functionalities – for which he uses improvised mechanisms and materials -, the artist blurs the distinction between the real
and the represented and questions what exactly it is that prevents a representation from actually becoming the thing it represents. Sachs works with things commonly associated in the modern mindset with consumption and major luxury or low-priced brands. With unmistakable irony, Sachs reconstructs readily-recognizable symbols, like his McDonalds wheelie stand, made with such simple materials as plywood, polystyrene, strips of cardboard and street signs. According to the artist himself, his works are cultural prostheses that function as captions for traditional culture.