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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 8, August 2012, Posted On: 8/2/2012


Artist Uses Bulk Vender To Fashion Shock Art


Hank Schlesinger
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TAGS: bulk vending, gumball machine, vending machine, vending machine art, shrunken head vending machine, Thomas Kuebler, Geinball Machine, coin machine, coin-op

Geinball Machine

ELMA, NC -- The shocking image bouncing around the Internet of what looks like a bulk vending machine fashioned from a shrunken head is actually art. It is the work of artist Thomas Kuebler, who calls it the "Geinball Machine" -- named after the 1950s Wisconsin serial killer.

"I consider myself a kind of storyteller. I create something or someone and let the viewer imagine the story behind it," Kuebler told VT. "It's usually an interesting, rather macabre, juicy tale. I love P.T. Barnum for that reason. He could take some guy from Brooklyn, NY, with an odd-shaped head and turn him into the last of the ape-men from Borneo. It was all about the story. That is what really engages people. It wasn't that his head was weirdly shaped; they wanted to believe he was the last ape-man. The viewers got a chance to exercise their imaginations."

Part of a limited-edition series, the Geinball Machine is really a resin sculpture. While each one in the series differs slightly in accessories and other details, it is a fully functioning gumball machine.

"A piece like this would have a hell of a back story, don't you think? A mummified head? An old glass Jar? Old rusty license plate? What the @$%&^!," Kuebler exclaimed. "That's the makings of a real bizarre conversation. And, that is what makes it fun for me. I'm really not out to shock anyone. I just believe we all have a certain degree of morbid curiosity and it needs a place to play. You get to write the story behind a piece like this."

To view more of Kuebler's artwork, visit thomaskuebler.com.


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