To investigate an experience, we often turn to its physical detritus. We collect it, savor it, fetishize it—even reproduce it. If none exists, we will go so far as to create it. Pop-Up Library: The Collectors showcases work based on this impulse. Each artist or group featured has been struck by a particular moment, place, experience, or event. Each artist has found his or her own way of attempting to return to the moment, to freeze or expand it, to critique it or reproduce it.
The Collectors is the first in a series of themed Special Editions featuring works pulled from our stacks.
On view at Monte Vista Projects, June 2 - July 1, 2012.
Landfill Quarterly is an online archive, quarterly subscription service, and print journal that studies socially engaged artworks by way of the surplus materials they produce.
James Bridle’s The Iraq War looks at ten years of Wikipedia revisions in relation to the Iraq War as a framework for understanding the genesis of historical fact—what is allowed to stand and what is not; what we agree on, and what we cannot.
Ida Rödén’s The Cellar in the Attic uses a collection of photographs documenting interior doors, windows, and staircases to create a fictional history.
Erica Van Horn has co-operated Coracle Press for decades. Over the course of that time, Van Horn has produced countless editions of artist’s chapbooks listing everyday objects.
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