Behind the Scenes 2004-2011


A candid look at what we’re up to, what we’re making, and what we’ve made.

Here’s what it looks like to build an ice sculpture of the word “middle class.” Of course, the real middle class took a lot longer to build, and with a lot more government aid.

Snow Globes

Snow globes are among the hottest accessories this fashion season, showing up in the hippest boudoirs… all over the world, even Spain:

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We were at the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA/PS1 in early November. Over 7,000 visitors on Saturday alone.


Transportation Security Administration Warning

WARNING: Snow Globes Are Dangerous!

Girls with the F**K snow globe

How could such an innocuous tchotke, be so dangerous?


Michael Smith with the F**K snow globe

There are still some brave people around...

Michael Smith visited us at the Fair,

Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz at the NY Art Book Fair

Especially members of the press!

… as did Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz.

And in case you wanted to know… Here’s how we make the F**K snow globe. Available at edgygifts.com.

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We’re in production now, with a new set of snow globes coming out - Deadly Sins #1-7.

We’re offering a special lettered set (A-Z) of all seven sins; Greed is casted with gold leaf.

Deadly Sins Nos. 1-7 - new series of snow globes

Deadly Sins Nos. 1-7 - new series of snow globes

Of course, Sins are always available a la carte, just take your pick. They’re available from us through ligoranoreese.net and sold at the New Museum store.

Nora designing the model for Lust

Nora designing the model for Lust

Deadly Sins #1-7 is a hybrid project, using computer design with hand-cast resin sculptures. The casts are designed using illustrator, then we use a laser cutter to make the masters for the molds.

Adjusting the lens of the laser cutter

Adjusting the lens of the laser cutter

The first step is to adjust the laser cutter so that it is the proper distance from the material.

The files are output to the laser cutter

The files are output to the laser cutter

The laser cutter is a printer and prints the words by cutting them out of plastic, or paper, even out of metal.

Cutting the plastic

Cutting the plastic

The plastic we use is half-inch thick, and requires several passes to cut through it.

Taking the plastic sheet out of the laser cutter

Taking the plastic sheet out of the laser cutter

When the laser is finished we lift the plastic sheet off the bed of the cutter.

Then we push the words out of the plastic

Then we push the words out of the plastic

Taking out the little bits of greed

Taking out the little bits of greed

Then, we take out all the bits, so there’s negative space. The final step is taking the masters from the laser cutter and making silicon molds from them.

Demolding Gluttony

Demolding Gluttony

Then we hand-cast resin in them, here we’re demolding our favorite sins.

Lust fresh from the mold

Lust fresh from the mold

Each sin is a different color, carefully mixed, and has a different stylized typeface, like Lust, a fleshy, bulbous, looking letter.

Resin casts from the new edition of snow globes

Resin casts from the new edition of snow globes

Wrath, kind of a “Spy vs. Spy” look. (One of our favorite comic strips.)

One of those moments - worth more than 1,000 words…

Greed on a silver platter

Greed on a silver platter

The first of the new set - Greed. We can’t think of a better way to end ‘09 than by shaking it up with each one of the seven deadly sins.

Deadly Sin #1

Deadly Sins #1

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“Snow Globes?” you may ask. Yes, snow globes.

We been making limited edition snow globes since 2001. We started out by producing John Ashcroft snow globes, which quickly sold out. All of our snow globes are hand-cast and hand-assembled by us in our studio.

In 2004, we began making editions of F**K snow globes on an ongoing basis. These snow globes are not really an open edition; they are actually based on a literary model of editions.

Now in their 7th edition, we have made over 300, which are signed and numbered.

The F**K snow globe

The F**K snow globe

Nora drilling F**ks

Nora drilling F**ks

The fifth edition in the final stages of assembly on the work bench

The fifth edition in the final stages of assembly on the work bench

Nora working on the letters to cast the words for Blind Faith

Nora working on the letters to cast the words for Blind Faith

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Signing the edition of Untitled, 2001
Here we are signing the screenprint Untitled, 2001 at Brand X. We’re really interested in using and reusing imagery and forms, so something may start out in one form and morph into another.

Signing Untitled, 2001

Signing Untitled, 2001

Untitled, 2001 was also blown up to fill the window of Jim Kempner Fine Art on the anniversary of 9/11.

Untitled from 23rd Street and 10th Avenue

Untitled from 23rd Street and 10th Avenue

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The Party’s Over Giftwrap
Our series Pure Products lets us play with lots of new forms, from nutrition kits and energy bars to wrapping paper. Nora talking with the production manager of Brita Litho during the printing of our gift wrap.

Nora examining print run of giftwrap

Nora examining print run of giftwrap

The paper was decorated with financial records from Enron, American Express bills of Abramoff, Tom DeLay, and federal indictments of Judith Miller and Scooter Libby.

Hot off the press, pressman pulls a sheet of the print run for inspection

Hot off the press, pressman pulls a sheet of the print run for inspection

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Line Up on the streets
We started Line Up by selling it as a postcard book on the streets of NYC during the Republican National Convention in NYC in 2004. The response was awesome.

We sold hundreds, and went into national distribution, printing 3 editions, over 5,000 copies. Later it became a digital print limited edition.

It’s another example of how our work migrates from one form and format into another.

On the streets in front of Madison Square Gardens

On the streets in front of Madison Square Gardens

Even NYPD know real criminals when they see them

Even NYPD know real criminals when they see them

Who could resist brave sailing men and women?

Who could resist brave sailing men and women?