The vanishing point
Luggage, sisal twine, wooden clothes pins, straps, twist ties, paper clips, bulldog clips, Nobel Prize poster by Moshekwa Langa, Chinese restaurant menu, Coach purse cloth storage bag, hat and eye shades, various inkjet prints, deflated punch balloons, various scarves and bandannas, fragment of inspirational poster, Warhol, Liston, Braniff double poster by Kelley Walker, hand made bootleg copy of Voltaire’s Candide, various artist trading cards obtained from the internet, cotton glove, modified Chicago Bulls sticker, laser cut wooden ampersands, ink on slanted graph paper, black kangaroo leather, large black poster by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, poster of the sea by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, germ warfare newspaper clipping by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, graphite and ink drawing on brown paper, silkscreened replica Warhol flowers postcard, marker and colored pencil on paper, collaged miniature foam flip-flop, magnifying lens, mimeograph sheet from geography teacher’s edition workbook, sticker and collage on cardboard, customs declaration ticket, silkscreen on cardboard, Creating the Universe in my Parent’s Pool c-print by Justin Hansch, mirrored cardboard, red XXL Mao t-shirt, mirrored kite poster by Doug Aitken, Do not touch the artwork t-shirt transfer sheet, monogrammed cotton handkerchief, silver plated chain, cotton, string and marker found street sculpture of eyes, down feathers, various small snakeskin pieces, packet of zinnea seeds, Velcro arm band, red rope, wax cast Holga camera, plaster Buddha, plaster frame, various small fabric swatches, postcard of balloon floating inside cave from Cabinet magazine, c-print of altered postcard of Chicago, marker and enamel on tracing paper, imitation Gucci material, Adidas 50th anniversary poster, fragment of a Greece T-shirt, bootleg Louis Vuitton baseball cap, I Love Love sticker, RFID tag, The Vanishing Point poster by Sebastian Brenier, What is Now will always become Then marker and collage on cardboard, miniature dollar bill, and a steel eyelet screwed into gallery floor.
The vanishing point is an effort to give form to an otherwise irreconcilable plurality of materials. The objects on view are gathered from the artist’s collection using minimal criteria. The organization of the matter into a simultaneous expansion and convergence gives rise to an atmosphere of coincidence, combination, and collaboration as well as conflict, clash, and chaos. The luggage functions as the storage and travel container for the ephemera collected. The container and modularity it exhibits, also act as a symbol for the fluidity and dispersion of images and concepts across a variety contexts and sites. The work is an embodiment of the all-inclusive open-call exhibition context and the democratic sensibility it engenders.
Curated by Allison Peters and Chris Hammes
Installation photos from the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago