Art/ Value/ Currency – Part Three

Art/ Value/ Currency – Part Three

The final exhibition of the Art/ Value/ Currency collection: a transatlantic project by Isobel Shirley.

Art/ Value/ Currency explores the intertwining roles of trade, value systems and networking within the art world, highlighting the importance of creating exposure for artists and their working practice.

One year after it began, Art/Value/Currency returns to The Pigeon Wing for the final stage of this project . This exhibition will include 31 new pieces of work from New York based artists, along with documentation of all the interviews that took place over the last year in New York.

Part One:
Selected from an open call for submissions, the Art/ Value/ Currency collection was formed of 27 UK based artists and 31 individual works. With the only requirement for submission being that all work must fit within the dimensions of 4” x 6”, the process resulted in a diverse selection of emerging art from throughout the country. In November 2009, the collection was exhibited at The Pigeon Wing, in London, together with an open discussion of the project and the works involved.

Part Two: Housed in a custom made case, the collection was taken to New York, where Shirley interviewed local artists, galleries and curators showcasing this collection of British art. All of the people she has met with were invited to submit work(s) to the collection in exchange for a piece from UK (still fitting within the 4” x 6” format). These exchanges took place on July 31st 2010 at Eastern District gallery, in Brooklyn. This event was the only point where all 62 pieces of work were be seen together, before the exchange took place.

Part Three: Following the event at Eastern District, the new collection has returned to London to be exhibited at The Pigeon Wing. During this exhibition these new art works will be given to the UK based artists whose work it was exchanged for, thus completing the swap.
All of the interviews and exchanges can be viewed at Art/Value/Currency’s online space hosted by TheBunkerGallery: www.artvaluecurrency.thebunkergallery.com.

Documentation of the process and its outcomes will be released through This Is Publishing later this year.