Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Elastic de facto // Opening Saturday, July 20

Stage One:

Picture Menu arrives in Los Angeles by airplane. The next day, they install the work of the other four artists. Once the work is installed, it is documented. The next day, the show opens. This is the exhibition.

Stage Two (through Twenty-One):

Michael and Keith fly back to New York, while Rachel remains in Los Angeles. Rachel begins modifying the initial installation of works while documenting these changes. She chooses certain images that become often temporarily and sometimes permanently additional or substitute works. She sends these photos to the Picture Menu e-mail account. Keith and Michael write varied responses to each of the photos and post these in a loosely narrative sequence on the Picture Menu website. This is the exhibition.

Questions for an evolutionary exhibition:

How is an artist present in a work?
How is an artist absent in a work?
Can an idea be a performance in itself?
Can a message perform for a person?
Can a performance ever be properly documented?


Ray Romano – an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and voice actor, best known for his roles on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and the Ice Age film series
Reisterstown – an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
Palindrome – a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or reverse direction
Silk Road – an online black market on the Deep Web
Deep Web – World Wide Web content that is not part of the Surface Web, which is indexed by standard search engines
Surface Web – the portion of the World Wide Web that is indexable by conventional search engines


Picture Menu is Michael Kennedy Costa, Rachel LaBine, and Keith J. Varadi



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