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Other People’s Things: Furnishing The Collective Foundation 2007
Developed by curator Joseph del Pesco, The Collective Foundation was essentially a set of initiatives that offered new models of collectively-sourced support for artists. He asked me to design spaces for the foundation while it was hosted by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Expanding on the idea of collectivity, I worked with thirty participants who lent pieces of furniture to outfit the space. The pieces were permanently altered based on interviews and returned to them at the close of the exhibition. Audio excerpts from the interviews and “before” photographs of the furniture were included in the exhibit.
I also created a visual pattern based on modular building toys that suggested a dispersed network. This was applied to a series of laser-cut folding screens and screen printed wallpaper that were used to define programmatic spaces (“reading room,” “conference room,” “listening station,” etc.) within the gallery and give the exhibition a pseudo-corporate visual identity.