Triple Candie

No doubt you’ll recognize the names Shelley Bancroft and Peter Nesbett as the former co-publishers of the now-defunct and often-lamented artonpaper magazine. What you may not know is that since 2001, Bancroft and Nesbett have been co-directors of another fascinating project, an alternative space in Harlem called Triple Candie. Their current show, Costume Jewelry That Scratches the Skin: Introducing Four New Editions Publishers, may be of particular interest to our readers as it focuses on the work of four relatively obscure publishers of printed matter and multiples. From the press release-

Ediciones Caja Verde (Santiago de Chile), The Invisible Arts Club (Gateshead, UK), Pashay Fraysko (Genoa, Italy), and Single Room Occupancy (Vancouver, Canada). They are a diverse bunch. What unites them is that they all produce/publish low-cost, unsigned/unauthored, unlimited editions and multiples. Their work has never before been exhibited in the U.S.

Judging from the photos, anti-aesthetic multiples/prints of all varieties will be included. More print/multiple should be this challenging. The show is up from September 19-October 31- somebody go see this in person and let us know what you think.

Works on view from Ediciones Caja Verde.

Works on view from Single Room Occupancy of Vancouver.

Works on view from Invisible Arts Club of Gateshead, UK.

Works on view from Pashay Fraysko of Genoa,, Italy.

A Note about the Exhibition: “Costume Jewelry that Scratches the Skin” is the latest in a long series of exhibitions at Triple Candie about art but devoid of art. The publishers are fictional, and almost all of the editions and multiples in the show were sourced, altered, or designed by Triple Candie. The few real editions that have been included are unattributed. They include multiples by Allora & Calzadilla and Jonathan Lethem.

In regards to the fictional nature of Triple Candie’s exhibitions, I asked Nesbett if everything they considered their shows to be in quotes? His response was quite clear, “we don’t produce fictional shows to trick people; it is an expedient way to present shows on topics we want to explore.” He added, “Our shows are driven by sincere concerns, we don’t want them to be seen simply as ironic gestures. So are they “art” shows? Perhaps. We prefer exhibitions about art but devoid of it…since many aren’t even pretending to present objects that look like art (e.g. Unwitting Accomplices)…we often try to make good use of that gray area that exists between art, object, artifact. ”

Sounds like a great mission statement to me: making good use of the gray area. Perhaps we can arrange a more extensive interview with ms. Bancroft and Mr. Nesbett on the subject in the not too distant future?

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