Date/Time: 06/05/2004 12:00 am
Ebay – Buy or Sell or Buy’ at Pace Digital Gallery
an online exhibition
• a project of Pace Digital Gallery
May 6 – Sept 6, 2004 online
• Opening Reception and artists’ talks:
Thursday May 6th, 6:45pm
1 Pace Plaza, Multipurpose Room on Level B,
entrance on Spruce St. near Gold St.
Straddling the genres of performance art, web design, net art, photography, and conceptual art, the 10 artists and artist-teams in this exhibition infiltrate the virtual space of ebay, the online auction house, as a conceptual vehicle. These artists are not simply selling their artwork or their belongings online, but rather are investigating ideas of consumer culture, the market, ephemerality, exchange, intangibility, and things that cannot ostensibly be for sale.
The shopping experience is ubiquitous in Western consumer society. Ebay is part of a digital culture where more and more daily needs are being met through the interface of our computer screens in a specially designed social space. The experience of online shopping has become like other multi-user experiences including games, dating, and conversation, which have their own rules of engagement within the public realm.
What exactly is for sale here?
• We have the services of artists – whereas Estévez will bestow the winning bid with a religious blessing and the title of ‘art’, Peppermint offers himself as a medium for the buyer’s art-making.
• We have the bricolage of everyday life. Freyer archives his entire personal property from the spectacular to the mundane, publishing his documentation in book form. Refrigerator science projects and curbside detritus generally disdained are eloquently revalued through Thornton’s language.
• We have items of questionable value. Lifelong personal contempt is Salvaggio’s commitment as a seller. Obadike provocatively auctions his blackness, detailing the cultural code that accompanies racial identity. Peppermint and Nadir question the reliability of ‘evidence’ presented in digital imaging.
• We have unprofitable land made meaningful by re-evaluation. Cabinet magazine and Ramirez Jonas offer entrance into the invented but very real community of Cabinetlandia. eteam auctions their land as the trace of a multidisciplinary performance project.
• Additionally we have work that does not participate in ebay’s structure, but exists in relation to it. Zanni creates a fluctuating digital portrait of ebay, as landscape, as representative of its own statistical data and user presence. Ippel creates a mirror website which points to a psychological portrait of the uber-consumer.
An exhibition catalogue will be available.
Nicolás Dumit Estévez • The eteam • John Freyer • Pete Ippel • Keith and Mendi Obadike • Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir • Paul Ramirez Jonas and Cabinet Magazine • Eryk Salvaggio • K.D. Thornton • Carlo Zanni
For more information or visual materials, please contact: directors Jillian Mcdonald or Frank Marchese