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Cleopatra’s: Trade Secrets Week 1

Chalk Board on day 7.

Cleopatra’s: Trade Secrets at John Connelly Presents in New York is a show which attempts to reconsider alternative approaches to value systems, gift economy and free market while instituting the presence of an artist community. Continuing with our documentation of this exhibition we are pleased to present photographs and texts which chronicle the first week of this ever changing show.

Documentation of trades to date:

DAY 1 (4/10/09):

Initial 4 works

Installation view at beginning of Day 1. From left to right: Bridget Finn, 3-8-09f, 2009. Photograph.; Sharing & Caring (Kate McNamara and Ruba Katrib), Project #1, 2009. Mixed media.; Erin Somerville, (As yet untitled), 2009.

Sharing & Caring (Kate McNamara and Ruba Katrib), Project #1, 2009.

Installation view at beginning of Day 1. Erin Somerville, (as yet untitled), 2009. Bridget Donahue, Point of Interest, 2009. Custom sign.

Bridget Donahue, Point of Interest, 2009. Custom sign.

DAY 2 (4/11/09):

Trade #1

Tyler Coburn traded a covert field recording of the opening entitled TDK IEC1/TYPE1 D60 A (2009) for 3-8-09f (2009).

Tyler Coburn, TDK IEC1/TYPE1 D60 A, 2009. Cassette tape and clamshell box 5.5 x 3.5 x 1.25 inches.

Installation view at end of Day 2.

DAY 3 (4/14/09):

Trade #2

Ruslan Trusewych traded an artist book entitled There Is No Solution (2009) for TDK IEC1/TYPE1 D60 A (2009).

Ruslan Trusewych There Is No Solution (2009).

Installation view at end of Day 3.

DAY 4 (4/15/09):

Trade #3:

Andres Laracuente traded a travel drive piece entitled Slow Load (2009) for Point of Interest (2009).

Andres Laracuente, Slow Load (2009).

Installation view at end of Day 4.

Chalk Board at end of Day 4.

DAY 5 (4/16/09):

Trade #4:

Sweeeeet traded a piece featuring a flying squirrel for Slow Load (2009).

Sweeeeet (as yet untitled), 2009.

Installation view at end of Day 5.

Chalk Board at end of Day 5.

DAY 6 (4/17/09):

Trade #5:

Arnd Siebert traded.an interactive time piece (consisting of a trash can and accumulated trash) entitled 04/17/09 – ??/04/09 John Connelly Presents, 625 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA, Cleopatra’s “Trade Secrets” (2009) for Sweeeeet’s flying squirrel.

Arnd Siebert, 04/17/09 – ??/04/09 John Connelly Presents, 625 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA, Cleopatra’s “Trade Secrets”, 2009. 30 gallon galvanized steel garbage can, spraypaint, steel cable, hardware (crimps, wall mount, screws), receipt, thumbtack *or pushpin*, all gallery generated garbage.

Arnd Siebert’s Statement:

It is a standard garbage can, just like the ones you can find anywhere on the streets of NY. It is adorned with the street number of the place where it is on view, in this case 625, in black spray paint, using a standard “very Jasper Johns-y” stencil. The lid is secured to a steel cable, which is in turn is secured to the gallery wall via a wall mount. The height of the wall mount is determined by distance from  the floor to the lower arc of the lid (12 inches) plus the length of the cable  before it is attached to the lid and the wall mount via one crimp respectively (48 inches). Next to the wall mount, either to the left or the right, whichever side you think is prettier darling, the receipt for all purchases necessary to realize this piece, is to be attached to the wall with a pushpin or thumbtack (preferably all metal (silver)). The price of the piece will equal this sum.

ALL THE GARBAGE THE GALLERY PRODUCES DURING THE TIME THE PIECE IS ON DISPLAY HAS TO BE DISCARDED IN THIS TRASH CAN!!!

This includes all office waste, all organic waste (coffee cups, lunch containers, leftovers, etc… all of it), all waste generated in the back room (shipping material, fed ex/ups/dhl/etc boxes, tubes, bubble wrap, crates,… etc…). All waste generated in the bathroom that is NOT flushed down the toilet. If it doesn’t fit in the trashcan, place it immediately next to it. All trash generated by the gallery operations during the term of the piece’s display will constitute the whole piece.

Any olfactory sensation the piece will produce is intentional and an active and integral part of the work. If a buyer chooses to acquire the work, he/she may determine the duration  that it is on display within the timeframe of the exhibition and the guidelines set by the members of Cleopatra’s and Jon Connelly Presents for the “Trade Secrets” exhibition. The complete piece consists of the garbage can and it’s lid, the steel cable and the two crimps, the wall mount (with the original screws), the receipt and the thumbtack/pushpin used within the gallery space, during the exhibition) as well as ALL the garbage accumulated during the period is was displayed. The buyer/trader is obliged to frame the receipt with the original thumbtack/pushpin.

The title of the piece is dependent on the sale or removal (by a participating party in the “Trade Secrets” exhibition at John Connelly Presents). So far a placeholder may be used for any promotional purposes (such as gallery checklists, offers, press information, etc.):

Arnd A. Seibert

Note: The final title will depend on the removal of the piece and the question marks will be replaced with the actual date of removal.

Installation view part way through Day 6.

Sale #1:

Arnd Siebert, 04/17/09 – 04/17/09 John Connelly Presents, 625 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA, Cleopatra’s “Trade Secrets” (2009).

DAY 7 (4/18/09):

Trade #6:

Samantha Moyer traded a blue cloth piece (2009) for Erin Somerville’s as yet untitled small dark wall mounted work (2009).

Samantha Moyer, (as yet untitled), 2009.

Chalk Board at end of Day 7.

DAY 8 (4/21/09):

Replenish #1:

Cleopatra’s replenished Arnd Siebert’s sold 04/17/09 – 04/17/09 John Connelly Presents, 625 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA, Cleopatra’s “Trade Secrets” (2009) for a piece comprised primarily of a light bulb on a coat hanger.

Cleopatra’s piece to replenish sale of Arnd Siebert’s 04/17/09 – 04/17/09 John Connelly Presents, 625 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA, Cleopatra’s “Trade Secrets“, 2009.

Installation view at beginning of Day 8.

Trade #7:

Petrova Giberson traded for Samantha Moyer’s blue cloth piece – No images yet!

Petrova Giberson, (as yet untitled), 2009.

Installation view at end of day 8.

Chalk Board at end of Day 8.

Today (4/22/09) is Day 9.

Documentation on ARTLURKER is now current. Updates will follow.

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For more information please visit: johnconnellypresents.com & cleopatras.us

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Cleopatra’s: Trade Secrets Week 1