People have a hard time imagining numbers like a million or a billion. But a thousand is a human-scale number.
We can picture what a thousand might be like, but it's still big enough to be impressive or mystifying.
But why a thousand mops?
Mark Dahle says, “You never can tell where an artist will find beauty. When I visited China a few years ago, I saw mops everywhere. I started taking pictures of them. I thought I might do a series. But I wasn’t in China long enough to take enough pictures. So I decided to create a thousand artworks based on one mop.”
Most sets of ten in this series are built on a theme. Often the individual prints in the set of ten are quite different from each other.
The artworks invite many conversations, including discussions about what makes things related and what makes them different.
Each of the 1,000 mops are 13 x 19 inches.
Each is a one-of-a-kind original.
The artworks are created on acid-free 100% cotton rag paper developed to exceed museum standards. The paper has no chemical substances to contribute to premature deterioration and no optical brighteners that fade over time. The images are created with professional-grade, long-lasting pigment-based inks.
Artwork is often discounted by the market after time if the artist did not have a direct hand in its creation. (Compare the value of a painting from the “school of Rembrandt” with the value of a painting by Rembrandt himself.) These artworks were created by Mark Dahle from start to finish. He conceived the idea, photographed it, created the artwork, and printed the artwork. No apprentices or outside labs were involved.
Each image in the series of 1000 Mops is unique and exists only in the 13 x 19 inch size. Mark may create a series of 100 Large Mops at some point in the future (at a size up to 40 x 60 inches), but all of those images will also be originals. This is good news for collectors: when you invest in an original image in the series, you have the only artwork of that image signed by Mark Dahle in the world. Each image is printed in an edition of one, with no artist’s proofs or printer’s proofs.
Each of the 1000 Mops come with a Two-Year For-Any-Reason Unconditional Guarantee. You may return the artwork for any reason for a full refund. This gives you the risk-free ability to try one or more images out in your home, office or gallery to make sure they’re right for you.
Individual mops in the series are currently $1,277. Ten consecutive mops are available for $11,477, a 10% discount. A complete set of 99 consecutive mops are available for $113,770.
Mops are shipped free of charge to any location in the United States.
More examples of the mops follow. You can also view two complete sets of 99 Mops.
Mops are shipped in an archival portfolio, or, if you prefer, in an archival storage box. The portfolio is a great way to have easy access to multiple images if your wall space is full.
Mops 150-159 share have the same pattern which is reprised in a beautiful variety of colors. They are available as a set of ten.
Mops 180-189 share a pallet reminiscent of the Southwest. They are available as a set of ten.
Mops 190-199 are available as a set of ten.
The artworks are created on acid-free 100% cotton rag paper developed to exceed museum standards. The 13 x 19 inch paper has no chemical substances to contribute to premature deterioration and no optical brighteners that fade over time. The images are created with professional-grade, long-lasting pigment-based inks. They artworks are signed on the reverse.