things come apart: a teardown manual for modern living by todd mclellan things come apart: a teardown manual for modern living by todd mclellan
may 02, 2013

things come apart: a teardown manual for modern living by todd mclellan

‘things come apart: a teardown manual for modern living’ by todd mclellanimage © todd mclellan motion/stills inc.



todd mclellan – things come apartmuseum of science+industry, chicagofebruary 14th to may 19th, 2013



things come apart is an expansion of the original ‘disassembly series’ on designboom by toronto-based photographer todd mclellan. the set of images explore retro to modern daily items that have, are, or will be in our everyday lives. displayed within the exhibition, every piece of various household items – a phone, lawnmower and typewriter – are meticulously taken apart, and arranged in an organized composition.  in another take on a childhood fantasy, mclellan photographs the disassembled pieces as he ejects them into mid-air, allowing pieces to rain down in an explosion-like fashion – offering a commentary on obsolete technologies from the past.



bicycleimage © todd mclellan motion/stills inc.



bicycle – exploded suspended viewimage © todd mclellan motion/stills inc.



vintage typewriterimage © todd mclellan motion/stills inc.



vintage typewriter – exploded suspended viewimage © todd mclellan motion/stills inc.



vintage snow fblower image © todd mclellan motion/stills inc.



vintage snow blower – exploded suspended viewimage © todd mclellan motion/stills inc.



toasterimage © todd mclellan motion/stills inc.



computer printerimage © todd mclellan motion/stills inc.



lampimage © todd mclellan motion/stills inc.



‘disassembly behind the scenes’
video courtesy todd mclellan motion/stills inc
  • omg, so much work to dissemble them! if it’s me, i’d just smash them on the floor.

    Fikri says:
  • Reminds of that photo where someone had done the same to VW Golf. Great stuff.

    Small correction, there is no vintage lawnmower in any of these pictures. It is very clearly a snowblower 🙂

    m.niel says:
  • @m.niel
    thanks for the heads-up!
    we’ve corrected it now.

    andrea db says:
  • This was already done in the 1990s by the German Artist Stefan Sous his idea was widely plagiarized in the art world (most famously by Damian Ortega who plagiarized it by hanging a dismantled car and exhibited it at the 2002 Biennale in Venice seven years after Stefan Sous did numerous objects in this manner (including cars)). Here are the art pieces from his website:

    And here is a vintage lawnmower (since someone was refering to it) by Stefan Sous – 1997(!):

    Antiplagiator says:

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