As I looked through the Archive, I found myself discarding the possible
conceptual envelopes I had come in with. Instead, I started with the simple
premise of work that I was drawn to and wanted to see more of. I found myself
interested in work that revels in its own literalness (Gonzalez-Torres'
candy, Reed's poodles), work that toggles back and forth between things being
just what they look like and things being something else entirely. The thread
that runs through all of the work is along the lines of alchemy -- processes
of transformation, transfiguration and transmutation -- ranging from the
layerings of Tseng Kwong Chi's insertion of a fictive representation of
himself into pop iconic myths, to Tony Feher's use of everyday objects turned
into integers of a post-minimalist matrix.
Carrie Yamaoka is a visual artist who lives and works in New York. She is a former advisory board member of Visual AIDS, and has done work with ACT UP, City AIDS Action and fierce pussy, a lesbian public art collective.
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