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The Return Project /

The Return Project /

The Return Project is an assemblage where readymade consumer articles are dissected, reconstructed and represented within the commercial conditions of their wholesale environment – questioning the structure of contemporary art practices.  

The Return Project, is managed to operate inside, and position itself within, the parameters of a commercial system, interjecting the value constructs governing the contemporary art world. The project dismantles the artistic object and the artistic persona within their own contemporary systemic conditions by skewing the established points of references and relationships that seemingly authorize how and where the true value of art resides.

How it works:

An object is purchased from a store and brought to the studio for photo documentation. The object is then dissected, collaged and reconstructed into a new consumer article and photo documented in its new state. The two photographs, forming a diptych, are printed in the same scale as the original object. Throughout the process original tags and labels are kept intact. The new object, now declared as an art work by the artist, accompanied by the tags and receipt and a hidden note stating "This is to authenticate this object as a work of art, signed" are then returned to the store for a full refund. The store’s return policy (often 7-10 days) determines the timeframe for the studio process. The returned object – that is, the art object - enters and circulates in the inventory of the store and is once again available for sale, but at the store’s determined price. The leftover cut-off pieces from the reconstruction process are reassembled to form a residual object to accompany the diptych. A small gesture in the large scheme, each action is planned and executed around a particular concept and is autonomous. Aside from the method that determines the project, each piece/action zooms in on a contemporary issue at stake, ranging from geo-politics and global economy to cultural shortcomings and art historical limitations.

Taking a stance, yet equally embracing the inherent anonymity, The Return Project, operates within and disrupts the limits of policies in systems that offer goods in a competitive market. The Return Project employs notions of performativity through two, often disproportionate, contexts – that of everyday retail and the rarefaction of the gallery context. 

It is critical to keep in mind that while each set of work is autonomous and examines a unique subject, the overarching link is the idea that in contemporary times constative systemic conditions overpower basic human conditions. Each of these works approaches those conditions from a different angle.

Arranged/Rearranged

Arranged/Rearranged

2014

Purchased object: Glazed ceramic vase and fake flowers
Returned object: Hand-made terracotta vase with less fake flowers
Medium: Digital print on archival photo paper laminated and mounted
Dimensions of the photograph: 60” (w) x 41” (h)

Deranged

Deranged

2014

Medium: Glazed ceramic vase, fake flowers, concrete, international selection of coins
Dimensions of the object: 20" (L) x 9.5" (W) x 6" (H)

The Return Project

The Return Project

Installation view

The Return Project

The Return Project

Installation view

 

 Left:  Spring    , 2014 Right:  Mission Accompolished , 2014

Left: Spring , 2014
Right: Mission Accompolished, 2014

Spring

Spring

2014

Purchased object: Candle
Returned object: Shorter candle
Medium: Inkjet on watercolor paper
Dimensions: 37.5" (W) x 22.5" (H)

Spring

Spring

2014

Purchased object: Candle
Returned object: Shorter candle
Medium: Inkjet on watercolor paper
Dimensions: 37.5" (W) x 22.5" (H)

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

2014

 

 

But A Storm Is Blowing... / History

But A Storm Is Blowing... / History

2014

 

 

But A Storm Is Blowing...

But A Storm Is Blowing...

(Before)

But A Storm Is Blowing...

But A Storm Is Blowing...

(After)

 Installation view

Installation view

History

History

2014

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Backyard Wars

Backyard Wars

2014

Backyard Wars

Backyard Wars

(Before)

Backyard Wars

Backyard Wars

(After)

Backyard Wars / A Monument to the Cold War

Backyard Wars / A Monument to the Cold War

2014

Installation view

A Monument to the Cold War

A Monument to the Cold War

2014

Fair Trade / Assisted Reconstruction

Fair Trade / Assisted Reconstruction

2014

Fair Trade

Fair Trade

(Before)

Fair Trade

Fair Trade

(After)

Assisted Reconstruction

Assisted Reconstruction

2014

BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_8.jpg
BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_17.jpg
CIRCA 1919, CIRCA 2014 / IN MEMORY OF...

CIRCA 1919, CIRCA 2014 / IN MEMORY OF...

2014

 

(Installation view)

CIRCA 1919

CIRCA 1919

(Before)

CIRCA 2014

CIRCA 2014

2014

(After)

IN MEMORY OF...

IN MEMORY OF...

2014

(Partial installation view)

BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_28.jpg
BATOPENG / AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS

BATOPENG / AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS

2014

BATOPENG

BATOPENG

(Before)

BATOPENG

BATOPENG

(After)

AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS

AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS

2014

AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS

AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS

2014

BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_12.jpg
Another Revolution

Another Revolution

(Before)

Another Revolution

Another Revolution

(After)

LOL

LOL

2014

BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_36.jpg
THE-THIRD-LINE-6750.jpg
BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_14.jpg
BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_2.jpg
BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_19.jpg
In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

2014

In a Nutshell / Nut in a Shell

In a Nutshell / Nut in a Shell

2014

BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_20.jpg
Nut in a Shell

Nut in a Shell

2014

BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_62.jpg
BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_15.jpg

The Return Project /

The Return Project is an assemblage where readymade consumer articles are dissected, reconstructed and represented within the commercial conditions of their wholesale environment – questioning the structure of contemporary art practices.  

The Return Project, is managed to operate inside, and position itself within, the parameters of a commercial system, interjecting the value constructs governing the contemporary art world. The project dismantles the artistic object and the artistic persona within their own contemporary systemic conditions by skewing the established points of references and relationships that seemingly authorize how and where the true value of art resides.

How it works:

An object is purchased from a store and brought to the studio for photo documentation. The object is then dissected, collaged and reconstructed into a new consumer article and photo documented in its new state. The two photographs, forming a diptych, are printed in the same scale as the original object. Throughout the process original tags and labels are kept intact. The new object, now declared as an art work by the artist, accompanied by the tags and receipt and a hidden note stating "This is to authenticate this object as a work of art, signed" are then returned to the store for a full refund. The store’s return policy (often 7-10 days) determines the timeframe for the studio process. The returned object – that is, the art object - enters and circulates in the inventory of the store and is once again available for sale, but at the store’s determined price. The leftover cut-off pieces from the reconstruction process are reassembled to form a residual object to accompany the diptych. A small gesture in the large scheme, each action is planned and executed around a particular concept and is autonomous. Aside from the method that determines the project, each piece/action zooms in on a contemporary issue at stake, ranging from geo-politics and global economy to cultural shortcomings and art historical limitations.

Taking a stance, yet equally embracing the inherent anonymity, The Return Project, operates within and disrupts the limits of policies in systems that offer goods in a competitive market. The Return Project employs notions of performativity through two, often disproportionate, contexts – that of everyday retail and the rarefaction of the gallery context. 

It is critical to keep in mind that while each set of work is autonomous and examines a unique subject, the overarching link is the idea that in contemporary times constative systemic conditions overpower basic human conditions. Each of these works approaches those conditions from a different angle.

Arranged/Rearranged

2014

Purchased object: Glazed ceramic vase and fake flowers
Returned object: Hand-made terracotta vase with less fake flowers
Medium: Digital print on archival photo paper laminated and mounted
Dimensions of the photograph: 60” (w) x 41” (h)

Deranged

2014

Medium: Glazed ceramic vase, fake flowers, concrete, international selection of coins
Dimensions of the object: 20" (L) x 9.5" (W) x 6" (H)

The Return Project

Installation view

The Return Project

Installation view

 

Left: Spring , 2014
Right: Mission Accompolished, 2014

Spring

2014

Purchased object: Candle
Returned object: Shorter candle
Medium: Inkjet on watercolor paper
Dimensions: 37.5" (W) x 22.5" (H)

Spring

2014

Purchased object: Candle
Returned object: Shorter candle
Medium: Inkjet on watercolor paper
Dimensions: 37.5" (W) x 22.5" (H)

Mission Accomplished

2014

 

 

But A Storm Is Blowing... / History

2014

 

 

But A Storm Is Blowing...

(Before)

But A Storm Is Blowing...

(After)

Installation view

History

2014

Backyard Wars

2014

Backyard Wars

(Before)

Backyard Wars

(After)

Backyard Wars / A Monument to the Cold War

2014

Installation view

A Monument to the Cold War

2014

Fair Trade / Assisted Reconstruction

2014

Fair Trade

(Before)

Fair Trade

(After)

Assisted Reconstruction

2014

CIRCA 1919, CIRCA 2014 / IN MEMORY OF...

2014

 

(Installation view)

CIRCA 1919

(Before)

CIRCA 2014

2014

(After)

IN MEMORY OF...

2014

(Partial installation view)

BATOPENG / AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS

2014

BATOPENG

(Before)

BATOPENG

(After)

AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS

2014

AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS

2014

Another Revolution

(Before)

Another Revolution

(After)

LOL

2014

In a Nutshell

2014

In a Nutshell / Nut in a Shell

2014

Nut in a Shell

2014

The Return Project /
Arranged/Rearranged
Deranged
The Return Project
The Return Project
 Left:  Spring    , 2014 Right:  Mission Accompolished , 2014
Spring
Spring
Mission Accomplished
But A Storm Is Blowing... / History
But A Storm Is Blowing...
But A Storm Is Blowing...
 Installation view
History
BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_79.jpg
Backyard Wars
Backyard Wars
Backyard Wars
Backyard Wars / A Monument to the Cold War
A Monument to the Cold War
Fair Trade / Assisted Reconstruction
Fair Trade
Fair Trade
Assisted Reconstruction
BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_8.jpg
BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_17.jpg
CIRCA 1919, CIRCA 2014 / IN MEMORY OF...
CIRCA 1919
CIRCA 2014
IN MEMORY OF...
BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_28.jpg
BATOPENG / AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS
BATOPENG
BATOPENG
AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS
AMBIDEXTROUS APPARATUS
BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_12.jpg
Another Revolution
Another Revolution
LOL
BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_36.jpg
THE-THIRD-LINE-6750.jpg
BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_14.jpg
BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_2.jpg
BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_19.jpg
In a Nutshell
In a Nutshell / Nut in a Shell
BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_20.jpg
Nut in a Shell
BG_The Return Project_2014_Opening_62.jpg
BG_The Return Project_2014_Installation view_15.jpg