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Particulate Matter (Things, Thingys, Thingies)

Tuesday, September 07, 2010–Saturday, October 23, 2010

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Stephanie Syjuco ’s handmade versions of objects designed by users of the free, 3-D modeling program Google SketchUp exist somewhere between the bootleg, the copy, and the translation. Modeled from online designs that seem to lack value or utility, Syjuco ’s refashioned versions explore the handmade in the digital era of design, the uniqueness found even within the copy, and collaboration ’s relationship to outsourcing, labor, authorship, and value.

Particulate Matter (Things, Thingys, Thingies) is presented concurrently with The Plastic Arts.

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PRESS RELEASE

Stephanie Syjuco
Particulate Matter (Things, Thingys, Thingies)

Gallery 400
Chicago, Illinois
September 7–October 23, 2010

Opening Reception: September 8, 2010, 5-8 pm

Syjuco ’s handmade versions of “sculptures” designed by users of the free 3-D modeling program Google SketchUp exist somewhere between the translation, the copy, and the bootleg. Modeled after items tagged “sculptures,” accessed in SketchUp ’s online database, Syjuco ’s refashioned versions explore the handmade in the digital era of design, as well as authorship, authorization, labor, and value.

Stephanie Syjuco lives and works in San Francisco. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art; The New Museum, New York; SFMOMA; The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, among others. Throughout 2007 she led counterfeiting workshops at art venues in Istanbul, Turkey; Beijing, China; and Manila, Philippines. In October 2009 she presented a parasitic art counterfeiting event, “COPYSTAND: An Autonomous Manufacturing Zone” in Frieze Projects, London; and contributed proxy sculptures for P.S.1/MoMA’s joint exhibition, 1969. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award.

Further information:
http://www.stephaniesyjuco.com

EXHIBITION CHECKLIST

Stephanie Syjuco

Particulate Matter (Things, Thingys, Thingies), 2010
Mixed media: cardboard, foamcore, colored paper, fabric, wooden pallets, digital video projection

A floorplan was provided in the gallery detailing the Google SketchUp reference for each discrete, recreated sculpture.
Floorplan: Particulate Matter (Things, Thingys, Thingies)

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Stephanie Syjuco Head ShotStephanie Syjuco (born 1974) is a visual artist whose recent work uses the tactics of bootlegging, reappropriation, and fictional fabrications to address issues of cultural biography, labor, and economic globalization. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her objects mistranslate and misappropriate iconic symbols, creating frictions between high ideals and everyday materials. This has included “re-creating” several 1950s Modernist furniture pieces by French designer Charlotte Perriand with cast-off material in Beijing; starting a global collaborative project with crochet crafters to counterfeit high-end consumer goods; and searching for fragments of the Berlin Wall in her immediate surroundings in an attempt to revisit the moment of capitalism’s supposed global triumph.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and the California Biennial at Orange County Museum of Art, among others. In 2007 she led counterfeiting workshops at art venues in Istanbul, Beijing, and Manila. In October 2009 she presented a parasitic art counterfeiting event, “COPYSTAND: An Autonomous Manufacturing Zone” for Frieze Projects, London, and contributed proxy sculptures for the MoMA PS1 exhibition, 1969. She has taught at Stanford University; California College of the Arts; University of California, Berkeley; and Carnegie Mellon University, and is a recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award. Born in the Philippines, she received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Stanford University.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Foumberg, Jason. “Eye Exam: Familiar Object.” newcity.com, Sept. 27, 2010.

Golden, Regan. “Stephanie Syjuco/Gallery 400.” newcity.com, Sept. 20, 2010.

Isé, Claudine. “Stephanie Syjuco.” artforum.com, Oct., 2010.

Pearson, Laura. “Stephanie Syjuco.” TimeOut Chicago, Sept. 30, 2010.

Viera, Lauren. “Art Openings Galore in Chicago this Fall.” Chicago Tribune, Sept. 10, 2010.

Waxman, Lorie. “‘Things, Thingys, Thingies ’ Made Real.” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 15, 2010.

PRINT COLLATERAL

Postcard: Particulate Matter (Things, Thingys, Thingies), The Plastic Arts

Poster: Particulate Matter (Things, Thingys, Thingies), The Plastic Arts – Events

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Particulate Matter (Things, Thingys, Thingies) is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago; and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.