Material Exchange

Eyebeam CV
2009FExhibiting Artist

The world is filled with things made for a specific purpose. When their purpose has been fulfilled, or their valued properties diminish, there is often some material remainder. Our projects attempt to extract or exploit that history, a celebration of the human and biological labor embedded in materials, as a means of investigating the complex relationships between humans and things, objects and images, representations and their referents.  The work is an inquiry into the various forms of being, an elaboration of the western interest in found materials from Duchamp's experiments with ready-mades to driftwood figurines, from Rauschenberg's combines to ethnographic artifacts and religious reliquaries, a symbolic or tactical intervention, an antidote to expansionist economics, alternately apocalyptic and utopian.