Patent Models for a Good Life
February 7 – April 19, 2014)
Patent Model for a Good Life/1995/$30,000
Patent Model for the First Snowblower/1987/NFS
About Roy Superior: Patent Models for a Good Life
“He invented, painted, carved, drew, sculpted, and venerated Italian food. The result of this good life was a collection of finely crafted furniture, sculpture, and drawings that reflects his philosophical mind, benevolent psyche, and humorous imagination.” The show includes several of Superior’s miniature-scale sculptures. These meticulously executed pieces are made from wood, antique ivory, paper, paint, and clay. Many have moving parts—spinning wooden propellers or delicate flapping wings. In each, Superior sought to depict the inner workings of the common man, to expose some universal insight into human nature. His respectfully irreverent commentary breathes new life into old ideas in such pieces as “Peace Missile” and his shrines to ham, cheese, and truffles.