“SWAG for Hard Times” has been included in the show “Circulate, Exchange: Nugget & Gravy” at the New Wight Gallery at UCLA, Sept 22 – Oct 6.

The SWAG installation

The SWAG honor-system "store" in the gallery

Curated by Mathiew Greenfield and Christine Wang, the show features artists currently enrolled in or recently graduated from MFA programs in southern California.  From the catalog’s introductory essay, written by Greenfield and Wang, “The works in this show address themes such as commodity fetish, exchange, currency, labor, relational sociability, and sharing.  In the context of this show, the marketplace is a medium, a moment of reaction, a place of negotiation, and a thing to ignore.”

De-install is actually tomorrow, but I look forward to a group crit with all the artists from the show in the near future. It was a really strong show, from all reports (even unbiased ones), and I look forward to getting to know these other artists better.  Thanks to Mathiew and Christine for including me among them. Getting a chance to install this project as an honor-system store in a public gallery setting was something I’d been hoping to make happen for a long time, and really liking the other work in the show is a huge bonus.

The honor-system "store"

The mechanism for the honor-system "store"

For more on the show, visit the Circulate, Exchange website .


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