There’s a humor in the material, not in only elevating amateur photography to art, but in Clegg finding beauty or melancholy—or anything special at all, really—in items that are objectively banal. The mass-produced trinkets are not exactly priceless antique treasures.
Building further on the absurdity, Clegg reached out to his friend, the text-based artist Darren Bader, to come up with a title for the show. Bader created about 200, from which Clegg chose “Euclid’s Porsche” out of a hat. The complete list of names, along with all 150 paintings in the project, wound up in the show’s catalog.
Clegg’s Ronald McDonald toy was never actually delivered to him, not that it matters. The Caravaggio-esque image that initially grabbed him was all he ever really needed.