Fruit and Other Things
Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, October 13th, 2018 — March 25th, 2019
Collaboration with Lenka Clayton
From 1896 to 1931 the Carnegie International selected artworks for its exhibitions from an international competition. The museum kept meticulous records, not only of all the works accepted, but of those rejected as well. Only the title, artist’s names, and the year of each work were recorded, no images exist. Over this 35 year span, 10,632 artworks were rejected from the exhibitions. For the duration of the 57th Carnegie International, each of the 10,632 rejected titles are being made into hand-lettered text paintings. Each text painting will be exhibited for a day, and then given away to visitors.
The project utilized our invitation to this selective exhibition as a loophole in the usual system of selection and inclusion while articulating an encyclopedic list of absence and labor, present in any museum, but normally unspoken and invisible.
TYPESETTING AND LAYOUT
Painters: Alexa Beil, Victoria Cable, Katie Gablick, Abby Michalowski, Brent Nakamoto, Andrew Paul, Linda Plowman, Rebecca Polanzke, Rigel Richardson, Susan Rigotti, Isabel Smith, Jack Taylor, Linda Wallen, Marina Wei