Must Go (Grey Market)
prints, foamboard, paper, tape, foam; dimensions variable
in "Tech Tools of the Trade: New Media Art" at the deSaisset Museum, Santa Clara University; "Next/New: Art & Technology,"
at the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
from the San Francisco Chronicle, 9/6/06
appears to be a large flea market sale of used car stereos, small
electronic equipment, and other goods is, upon closer inspection,
an installation consisting of digital prints cut and folded to
create individual box shapes and flat-front objects, and papered
with images of “actual” electronics. The original
images are gathered from online vendor sites such as Ebay and
craigslist (another source of illicit selling), and the snapshots
people take of their items are downloaded and manipulated to “fit”
onto a lifesize paper model of the object. Since most images begin
as low-resolution jpgs, blowing them up to “actual”
size creates a visual distortion of sorts.
Stolen electronic goods can be found littering most flea markets,
and in this particular work, the images I use create a second
level of “stealing”. Issues of bootlegging, counterfeiting,
and copyright in the digital age are addressed in this work.
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