20th September – 26th October 2013
“…so the objects that are collected and archived stand on their own but there are links that can be made through everything all the time…art history, libraries, books its exhaustive, we kind of look for compendiums to describe all manner of things that relate to our lives…”
Market Prices is an exploration of objects littered with links to value in relation to the artist’s personal narrative and practice. Each object is neatly housed within its own bespoke box. These codified repositories, akin to drawers, are stacked, creating a monument to her narrative within an art-historical, cultural and socio-political context. Each item is being prepared for a photographic record, which will be published in a small edition, acting as a catalogue. The function of the catalogue will reveal the objects that viewers will not be able to see once the sculpture is assembled.
Although the arrangement of the boxes (based on when they arrived within the artist’s temporary custody) and the corresponding publication are located within a classification system driven by personal trajectory: the objects themselves demand a narrative excavation.
How might Market Prices merge the artist’s narrative within larger concerns regarding value, worth, labour and education? And, using Baudrillard’s question in his System of Objects as a prompt “Can man ever use objects to set up a language that is more than a discourse addressed to himself?”