Art For Sale!

Intervention project with the "9th Baltic Triennial of International Art: Black Market"
Contemporary Art Center/Lithuania and ICA/London. 9/24/05 - 10/8/05.

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Back of the postcard.

Through genuine 'black market' back door operations, I sneaked into the CAC and took photographs of a number of two-dimensional works (most of them already using appropriated images) and reproduced these images in high fidelity. Then I put them in my own “Solo Show” in a commercial gallery nearby. I reconfigured these images in ways different than in the CAC. These works were labeled for sale excplicitly at a low price (at cost). As a piece was sold, it was taken off the wall and a new reproduction copy filled in the space.

Later on, I was officially invited by the curators of the Triennial to show these reproductions as part of their exhibition at their second site in the ICA in London. In this iteration of the exhibtion, I reconfigured all of the reproductions as plain multiple posters and lined them up on the walls.

The images above are the two sides of a poster that I designed and distributed. I put these images next to the official Triennial advertisements wherever I could find them.

Images of the Show:
Check here for pictures of the "Art for Sale!" show at ARTima Gallery!
Check here for pictures of the show at ICA/London!

Press Coverage:
Lietuvos Rytas coverage of my show.
Lietuvos Zinios review of the Triennial and my show.
Ranked No.2 on the "Be Sorry If You Missed This Art in 2005" list by the Pravda Magazine, Lithuania, 2006

Links to Relavant Websites:
CAC/Lithuania
ICA/London

The following friends have been instrumental in this project. Please check out their own work:
Website of Actus Magnus
Website of Daiva Bareikaite

Acknowledgements
I wish to express my special appreciation to the artists whose works I have appropriated for the purpose of this show. I would like to thank the following people for their help in making this project possible: Daiva Bareikaite, Terri Cohn, Ingrida Drukteinyte, Betty Tsang, Europos Parkas, Almantas Zykus, Eimantas Ludavicius, ARTima Gallery, and of course all the people whose name I cannot reveal. Last but not least, this project is in great debt to Actus Magnus, whose special support and continuous encouragement has helped spurred this project along from the very beginning.