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JOSEPHINE MECKSEPER

 

Untitled (Magazines), set of 12 magazines inside a wood and acrylic rack with a tinted acrylic cover (each unit unique), 36 x 37 x 2.5 inches /91.4 x 94 x 6.3 cm., edition 10, signed and numbered, 20

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American Racing (Torq-Thrust/Regency/Venom), single chrome wheel rim (three variations) on a mirrored acrylic pedestal, base 30 x 13 x 13 inches /76.2 x 33 x 33 cm., wheel 17 x 17 x 8 inches /43.2 x 43.2 x 20.3 cm., signed and numbered, 2010

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Using retail display strategies and sales ephemera, New York artist Josephine Meckseper is known for transforming art galleries into boutiques of cultural critique: arenas where aesthetics merge with ideologies, politics, and lifestyle axioms. Adapting strategies of the hard-sell, Meckseper’s work delves deep into facets of American consumer society and its relationship to the larger, expanding global economy.

 

Meckseper’s new editions continues this investigation—featuring custom car rims atop of mirrored plexi stands—the work functions as a demented totem of fetishism. As legendary drag racer, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, was known to say: “you can never have too much chrome”. 

 

The easiest way to see a civilization’s wishes and desires is to scan the front covers of its magazines. Everything one needs to know is there to see on any newsstand across the nation.

Each of the twelve versions of Untitled (Magazines) is different from the rest. In a sense, it’s an edition featuring twelve unique works. Each piece contains twelve magazines from a different genre—from lifestyle glossies to categories such as Religion, Automotive, Weaponry (illustrated), and others. A complete list, along with their accompanying colors, will follow shortly

 

Untitled, inkjet print on Hahnemuhle Photo rag 308 gsm., 71.5 x 51 cm. /28 x 20 inches, edition 100, accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate, 2012

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