Method of Exchange
In his book The Gift, author Lewis Hyde suggests that “gift exchange tends to be an economy of small groups, of extended families, small villages, close-knit communities, brotherhoods, and, of course, of tribes.” Method of Exchange is a testament to that economy but goes beyond artists simply sending gifts to each other. Sharing details of home and place, each participant allows viewers and myself into their most comfortable space whether I’ve physically been there before or not. The show is likewise my way of inviting these individuals to my home without the expense and inconvenience of travel. The convenience of social media is easy and quick, sometimes even thoughtless. Utilizing the straightforward function of the United States Postal Service, this show is an appreciation of this simple service for helping to conquer great distances and connect individuals through works of art.
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