Ben Sisto : Used Books
Ben Sisto: Used Books
March 7 – 16, 2014
Friday March 7, 2014 7 – 10 PM
Good Work Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by Ben Sisto.
Taking nods from Conceptualism, and with a fondness for free culture and secondary markets, Ben Sisto’swork cuts —sometimes literally— through years of canonical figures from art history up to the present. The punningly descriptive title Used Books explains both the collected works’ methodology and sources: all materials on display have been purchased second-hand via online retailers (Albris, Abe Books, etc) and local shops (The Strand, Book Thug Nation, Spoonbill & Sugartown, etc).
While he is pleased to consider monetary offers for the works on display in this exhibition, Sisto insists they be viewed primarily as versions of affordable art anyone can collect and create.
Among the works in this exhibition, two address a Cagean non-static conception of repetition:
In the ongoing work Interaction of Interaction of Color Sisto seeks out all 28 print-runs of the 1979 revised edition of Joseph Albers’ seminal Interaction of Color (Yale). Presenting the copies collected thus far calls attention to minor discrepancies in the back-cover’s layout (a collage designed by Eva Hesse) which, along with the different copies’ yellowing and wear, constitute the piece’s titular “interaction.”
With Pair, Sisto playfully applies the same treatment to two copies of a Roni Horn exhibition catalog. When offset slightly (vertically), Horn’s original apparently near-identical sculptures intended for exhibition in separate rooms now appear in the same expanded space.
The public is invited to view these works and others at a reception for the artist March 7th from 7-10pm.
Joshua Caleb Weibley
Brooklyn, NY 2014
Opening hours: Sat March 8, Sun March 9, Sat March 15, Sun March 16, 2014. 10AM – 6PM