Display, Digital photographs, Sandwich board (plywood, 23ct gold leaf).
Objectspace, Ponsonby Road, Auckland. June 14 – July 20, 2013.
It has been decided that we will gold leaf our 1m x 1m display item, with 23ct gold leaf and turn it into a sandwich board. Nervous much?
and the collaboration at Objectspace.
Our project starts with these two images that Suska sent me. One from Berlin and one from Nuremberg.
A few images from my project and our booth at the:
International Handwerk Messe, Munich
This Brooch cost me my credit card.
The National show, Christchurch.
This was part of the work I made for the National. This was my contribution to a looped video work showing a selection of You Tube educational ‘How to’ videos. The videos are all versions of ‘How to’ make a ring out of an American $1 bill. I will try and export a low res version of this soon.
How to make a ring out of a $1 American banknote.
Jhana Millers, August 2012.
The text that sits at the bottom of the video:
This video will show you how to make a ring out of a $1 American banknote.
It is a video in response to these videos:
So far I have had 13 views, lucky getting views wasn’t my intention.
My artist statement for the show:
My art practice examines and questions the dominant mechanisms of exchange and value creation within our current socio-economic and political system.
In this project I employed the YouTube approach to creation, the DIY method, while investigating societies obsession with this influential vehicle of global infotainment.
Feels like it needs more work. Will update again soon…
April already, wow, must write more.
I was treated late last week to a present from the lovely Suska, care of Peter & Hilda from Schmuck. And what a treat it was. My very own copies of Suska’s series of retouched press photographs.
I would write about them but I found this text that is far better thanwhat I would write:
“The enlarged coarse-grained press photographs show several men being touched by other men. The men are Hans Dietrich Genscher, General Pinochet, Jacques Chirac and Brotislaw Geremek. However, on closer inspection the viewer will see that something is wrong. The gentlemen are being decorated, paid tribute to or are receiving a medal. However, the object is always retouched out of the picture. Consequently, the men appear to be touching one another in public for no apparent reason. Mackert’s work is about jewels and ornaments in the broadest sense of the word. It is about power, codes, status and rituals even if there is no jewellery in sight. By means of image manipulation the artist reveals the role of jewellery whether it be a necklace or a military decoration. Here she relies on the keen eye of the observer.”
Thank you Katelijne Beerten
A new month, a new year, but I can’t stop making work about money. It’s just too relevant right now.
Some other work I have been making (not for a Handshake) but of course it’s all relevant:
Now then, who owes what? 2012
EFTPOS and credit cards, adhesive.
Made in response to this work by Peter Deckers
Noahs big OE pendant, from the Now then, who owns what installation, 2002
Cut coins, stg. silver, glass eye
This was made for the Retrospect exhibition at The Pah Homestead in Auckland. Opening tomorrow night January 31st.
December and the Masterworks Gallery show in Auckland. It was a bit rushed, due to studies finishing for the year, but I got there in the end. Well my money bags did.
My work for the show: Material Wealth (money bag necklaces)
Materials: Coins, coin bags, fine silver, stg. silver
I’m not sure whether to be happy or truly annoyed:
Michael Landy, Frieze Art Fair 2011, Photo by Linda Nylind
Our tutors used to tell us that the best work at an exhibition isn’t necessarily the interactive crowd-pleaser that everyone remembers, but at Frieze Art Fair last night I think it is safe to say that one man quite literally smashed that theory into pieces – the mercurial Michael Landy and his Credit Card Destroying Machine…
Situated in the Thomas Dane Gallery (F17), Landy’s 12 ft, Jean Tinguely-inspired contraption whirrs and rumbles in front of a crowd itching to find out what on earth’s going on. They step forward one-by-one and select a felt-tip colour (red, blue, green or black) and then watch as a woman at the machine attaches the pens to a page of a sketchbook. As her foot touches a button on the floor, the machine whirrs into life, cogs roll, scissors snip, saws turn and cuddly toys wobble, producing a spirograph-like drawing.
But before taking their custom-made artwork, they must hand over their credit card, which is dropped unceremoniously into a fluoro wood chipper, to be obliterated and spat out into a hundred pieces below. Throughout this procedure, Landy stands anonymously in the queue of people listening to their reactions and inner battles with whether or not they should – or can – be separated with such finality from their credit cards.
Landy’s own homage to Jean Tinguely’s Homage to New York stole the show, and has left hundreds of people – including myself- unexpectedly leaving the fair down a credit card, up a piece of legitimate artwork and wondering excitedly what he’ll do next.
I found this article here:
http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/michael-landy-frieze-2011, on 19 October 2011.
I guess at least I had already done my project…
The New Zealand Jewellery Show
Over the weekend of the 9th – 11th September I cut up 15 people’s current credit cards, (and one rogue visa debit). The performance was well received, in the end, and led to many interesting and enlightening conversations, as well as some wonderful muffled statements.
“Exchange my credit card for a brooch, yeah right”
“Nice idea, but I don’t want my blatant consumerism splashed across my chest for all to see”
“It’s like Billy Apple’s work”
“Oh no, I’m not quite ready to give up my credit card”
“I should get one of those for my wife”
“My husband would love it if I came home with one of those”
“Your doing it for free!”
Work for the exhibition at Studio 20/17.
Closing Balance ($383.48)
“The Artist has to live like everybody else”. Billy Apple, 1985
Credit card, 24 ct gold plated bronze, steel, visa statement, frame, acrylic, brass
The work I exhibited at Studio 20/17 was a two part work involving a brooch and a framed image. The brooch is made from my credit card, cut at the end of July 2011 with the closing balance from that month, placed inside a 24ct gold plated bronze setting. The framed image is my personal Visa card statement from the month of July showing such transactions as:
03Jul11 Embassy Theatre Mount Victori NZ $35.80
05Jul11 Healthpost Limited Collingwood NZ $31.50
20Jul11 Cash Payment Received Thank You $257.00
22Jul11 Kirkcaldie Stains Wellington (104) $180.00
27Jul11 Apple Itunes NZ Web LU (104) $1.29
Getting ready for the New Zealand Jewellery Show in September.
Cutting more cards with a new font and different saw blades. Still taking a long time to cut by hand, around 40 minutes with this new font.
Have looked into electronic cutting but the manufacturers don’t think they will cut through the plastic successfully. Laser cutters leave a brown burn around the letters which takes a while to file off. Thought about a die cut, but would need a press and it would be a very expensive exercise for one stamp.
They are still a bit messy around the edges but I will work on the fastest way to clean this up and also need to get my bronze backs cast.
Graduation exam work at the Gerrit Reitveld Academie
I recommend watching the video from Nhat-Vu Dang on how his beautiful pieces work when worn.
New tests, interventions, not quite sure what works the best yet. But, thinking that the piece can only take shape once the customer/exchanger hands over their credit card with their debt balance. This debt balance is then cut out of their card and potentially made into a wearable item. Whether a brooch or a pendant, materials for the finding/backing would be gold plated bronze.
Photoshop, nice one.
This is a little project I am working on. If anyone is reading this and has an old eftpos or credit card that has past its used by date then please, send it my way.
I need more, lots more.
For my recent end of semester hand in (for my post-graduate diploma in fine arts) I recruited an artist friend to dress up and act as a courier to deliver my gold card to the university for marking. (I happened to be out of town for an exhibition on the same day). He dressed up in a slightly ill-fitted dress suit, and once there, took the card out of a steel card case and placed it onto a shelf on the wall. The shelf was sitting next to a printed email correspondence from the bank that said the following:
He then stood to the left of the work acting as a body guard. Once my tutors had finished marking the work he put the card back into its case and left.
This aspect turned the work into more of a performance/installation piece then an ‘object’. The work was really well received by my tutors and the piece acquired a greater meaning by having a courier/body guard to look after it.
After our last Skype chat, Suska suggested that I should focus on this performance aspect to my work, then use the documentation to ‘exhibit’ if I need to exhibit it at all. I have been working on a performance piece that I would like to do at the New Zealand Jewellery show, but I need to think of some others as well.
I hope to have better photos of the card soon, gold is quite hard to photograph.
It’s been a long time since I have blogged, I have been busy with University and exhibitions, but that is no excuse. I intend to update this regularly from now on. Starting with today.
I have been busy on many projects, all related yet individual. They are all about jewellery and money, art and money, and art and the economy.
One of them is called Gold Card or Valid Thru, I haven’t quite worked out which title I will use for it yet, others are; Pay By EFTPOS, Sign Up, Statement of.
The materials I am using currently are: silver, copper, gold, EFTPOS cards, credit cards, bank statements, cheque book stubs, email correspondence and bank information.
I have spoken to Suska several times via Skype and email since my last entry. I feel so lucky to have her as my mentor, she keeps me on my toes and seems to really understand my work and the path I am on. I will update this blog regarding our conversations soon.
But a few images for now: