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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Currently Hanging: Garric Simonsen

Posted by on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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Garric Simonsen, the recently departed artist-in-residence at the James and Janie Washington Foundation (a newly energized program to keep an eye on), left us with communal junk drawers.

Toss in what you want, take what you want with you when you go.

Images and locations are on his web site, or you can find them just at random, by wandering the city.

Here's his description:

Junk Drawers are attached to random telephone poles and can be found by chance, or by clicking on their individual coordinates. It is suggested the participant leave any random object inside. The Junk Drawer thus becomes a curiosity of unspecified gifts. Participants are encouraged to take from the Junk Drawer only if the object they've choosen is of immediate value.

Simonsen is also in this show, opening at Platform tonight.

 

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Alexeden 1
I see those overflowing with garbage in the very near future.
Posted by Alexeden on July 1, 2010 at 12:24 PM · Report this
elenchos 2
If Starbucks or Microsoft did this it would be called phony guerrilla marketing and everyone would have knotted panties over it.
Posted by elenchos on July 1, 2010 at 12:45 PM · Report this
3
@2: Uh, yeah. Because they'd be selling a thing.
Posted by Jen Graves on July 1, 2010 at 12:52 PM · Report this
elenchos 4
Oh, I was assuming the artist is making a living. Trust fund then?
Posted by elenchos on July 1, 2010 at 2:44 PM · Report this
treacle 5
I love art like this. It makes our world more interesting and dense.
Posted by treacle on July 1, 2010 at 3:16 PM · Report this
treacle 6
@2, 4 - If Micro/bucks did it, it would be phony guerilla marketing. This object is there for itself, for being art. It's not there as a symbol of a consumer product, trying to get you to purchase coffee or software.

Furthermore, as an art object, it's value is largely in it's location --on the public street-- and in it's interaction with the networks of people and other objects placed into it. If it were put in someone's house, it would die and become static, changing it's meaning as a piece of art into that of an artifact. (pun partially intended) Is Mr Simonsen selling these to make a living? Moot point! It's neat.
Posted by treacle on July 1, 2010 at 3:22 PM · Report this
elenchos 7
@6

That is exactly the double standard for street art that you can't see past. Objectively, what we have here is a simplistic piece of concept art which primarily serves to draw attention and build goodwill for the creator. What corporations call "branding". But because an individual is doing it, an individual who is protected by a force field of special pleading, we don't judge it on it's merits. We pretend that this doesn't serve as a calling card to boost the market value of the artist's other work, or help their grant and fellowship prospects. If a corporation were at work here we would be willing to see the ulterior motives for what the are. And we would invariably fail to appreciate the good qualities of the work solely because a corporation did it. Nor would we appreciate the talents of the corporate employees who thought of it and executed it.

It's no different than wanting to buy a Martín Ramírez painting just because you're smitten with the idea of some 'retard' who could, somehow, paint. Rather than respecting the artist enough to judge his work on it's merits.
Posted by elenchos on July 1, 2010 at 7:27 PM · Report this
Sicko 8
A fake drawer has somehow managed to call up trash cans, guerrilla marketing, street art & concept art in the same context, consumerism, branding, knotted panties, trust funds, objectivity, simplicity, site specificity, artifices, egotism, force fields, Martín Ramírez?, a disparaging word, painting and artistic merit.
Posted by Sicko http://www.antipainter.com on July 3, 2010 at 12:00 AM · Report this

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