Friday, May 30, 2014

Cynthia Daignault's interesting show concept...

     Here's an interesting concept for a show by artist Cynthia Daignault via Lisa-Cooley Gallery in NY.  31 people brought her an object to trade for a painting of that object. The press release & photo below explain more.


May 1-31, 2014 Closing Reception: Sat., May 31, 7-9pm

6 Decades Books, 265 Canal Street #210
Hours: Fri and Sat, noon-6pm, and by appointment

"Das Tauschregal" is an experiment in participatory economics. Daignault sent an open call asking viewers to trade "objects of value" for paintings. 31 participants were chosen anonymously and each agreed to trade one object for its painted representation. All thirty-one objects will be displayed on a shelf at 6 Decades Books, beginning on the first day of May. Each subsequent day, one painting will replace the object it depicts. At the end of the month, the shelf will hold only paintings, exchanging concrete commodity for abstract representation, as in currency. Installed concurrently with the Frieze Art Fair, Das Tauschregal suggests an alternative art market, exploring the notions of value independent of price (meaning, sentiment, aesthetics, formalism, power, influence and beauty).

Cynthia Daignault was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently lives in New York. She attended Stanford University, and was a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 2010. Her work was featured in a solo show at White Columns in 2011. Daignault is a recipient of the 2011 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant. Her first solo show at Lisa Cooley, New York opened in Fall 2013. She has published two limited edition artist books, titled CCTV (2012) and I love you more than one more day (2013), the latter on the occasion of her solo show at the gallery. Daignault will present a new body of work at Frieze New York in May 2014, and she will be included in the group exhibition, Crossing Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum in Fall, 2014.

For more information, contact Rachel Valinsky at or (212) 680-0564

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