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Fuse-Works: Some Assembly Required

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Nowhere to Run, 2012 © Courtesy of the artist & The Open Source Gallery
Fuse-Works: Some Assembly Required

306 17th Street
New York, NY 11215
February 8th, 2014 - March 5th, 2014
Opening: February 8th, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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WEBSITE:  
http://open-source-gallery.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
brooklyn
EMAIL:  
info@open-source-gallery.org
PHONE:  
646 279 3969
OPEN HOURS:  
Sat 2-7 and by appointment.
TAGS:  
kits

DESCRIPTION

The curatorial initiative Fuse Works, which exhibits and promotes artists multiples, presents a new group of editions with the emphasis on artists “kits”. Requiring participation rather than simple observation, most of the works in this show must be cut, pasted, cultivated, filled in, filled out or otherwise completed by the collector. Some are useful objects in a very literal sense, while some propose use as philosophical objects – to be employed as a part of one’s cognitive tool kit. Of course kits have art historical precedence, from Duchamp’s Box in a Valise to Fluxus boxes and Flux-kits. But the impulse to create work that is used and/or completed by the viewer speaks to the aspiration of contemporary art to embody forms of communication beyond the passively visual. At the same time, the creation of artworks that come to life as they are manipulated and altered by those other-than-the-artist undermines the tendencies toward rarification and commodity entrenched in today’s art.

The curatorial initiative Fuse Works, which exhibits and promotes artists multiples, presents a new group of editions with the emphasis on artists “kits”. Requiring participation rather than simple observation, most of the works in this show must be cut, pasted, cultivated, filled in, filled out or otherwise completed by the collector. Some are useful objects in a very literal sense, while some propose use as philosophical objects – to be employed as a part of one’s cognitive tool kit. Of course kits have art historical precedence, from Duchamp’s Box in a Valise to Fluxus boxes and Flux-kits. But the impulse to create work that is used and/or completed by the viewer speaks to the aspiration of contemporary art to embody forms of communication beyond the passively visual. At the same time, the creation of artworks that come to life as they are manipulated and altered by those other-than-the-artist undermines the tendencies toward rarification and commodity entrenched in today’s art - See more at: http://open-source-gallery.org/category/upcoming/#sthash.D6e297no.dpuf