Button Cane with Self-Portrait
Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack)
Born: Chicago, Illinois 1948
Died: Atlanta, Georgia 2012
enamel paint on board Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28A
Luce Center Label
Mr. Imagination applied bottle caps and buttons to his sculptures to give them color and texture. In this piece, he surrounded a self-portrait with wire protrusions, then threaded different colored buttons onto the wire. The twisting shapes evoke colorful snakes or dreadlocks, reflecting Mr. Imagination’s lively personality.
Portrait male - Imagination, Mr. - head
Portrait male - Imagination, Mr. - self-portrait