Daniel Douke, “Safe” (2019), acrylic on canvas, wood, and resin, 40 x 33 x 24 inches (courtesy of Peter Mendenhall Gallery)
I first wrote about Daniel Douke’s astonishingly meticulous replications of ordinary objects in 2008. He lived in the Hotel Green, a complex of three buildings in Pasadena, California. Built in 1893 by George Gill Green, the original, ornately designed building was where Marcel Duchamp stayed when he had his retrospective, Marcel Duchamp, at the Pasadena Art Museum (October 8–November 3, 1963). Organized by Walter Hopps, the groundbreaking exhibition introduced the breadth of this modernist master’s work to Southern Californian and, by extension, American artists, changing the course of art history.