MacArthur B Arthur is pleased to announce Run Off, a group show featuring new work Marcella Faustini, David Kasprzak, Jon Kuzmich, Hunter Longe, Reuben Lorch-Miller, and Cybele Lyle. Curated by Aaron Harbour, Brandon Drew Holmes and Jackie Im.
The take-away, created by the artist’s own accord or at the behest of a curator as a physical object for the viewer to take and own, carries with it some unquantifiable value and residual aura of the exhibition, artist or space from which it was derived. Yet the validity of the take-away as a piece of art is far from a given. Alluding to and eluding the original/unique/unobtainable works, the take-aways’ tenuous value status is often exemplified by their tendency towards being simply produced copies as a means of cutting cost, versus dealing with the take-aways’ specific concerns (i.e. media and multiplicity).
The artists in Run Off were invited to create and present a work that is in the form of a take-away, produced primarily via a photocopy machine. Each work takes into account the situation of the give-away and the media of reproduction (whether mechanical or phenomenological in nature). The exhibition will explore the hidden potentials within these well-worn processes re-administered as integral mediums. Each work will be produced in an edition of the artists’ choosing, perhaps presented in a form that recalls the stacks of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and the pieces will be free for viewers to take, questioning the notion of monetary value in artwork and by extension, intellectual capital. Run-Off intends to explore alternative notions of reproduction and distribution – here, is the reproduced individual object ever the “original”? Does such work, indeed such an exhibition, find a new mode of existence via its diffusion?