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Getting around copyright through cardboard: Merlin Carpenter’s Do Not Open Until 2081 at Simon Lee Gallery, Oct 26 – Nov 25

25 October 2017

Merlin Carpenter presents solo exhibition Do Not Open Until 2081 at London’s Simon Lee Gallery opening October 26 and running to November 25.

The solo show is “an exhibition of wrapped paintings” which re-interprets work by painter John Hoyland (1934-2011). Permission was not granted for the project, so the works remain in layers of cardboard to skirt around the issue of copyright.

Drawn to his series for their engagement with large-scale US paintings, the cardboard wrappings become monochromes and readymades, “complete with packing tape and transport labels” and will also require anyone who purchases one to keep it wrapped until the year 2081.

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Merlin Carpenter, Poor Leatherette (2015). Installation view. Courtesy MD 72, Berlin.
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1,000 ISLANDS @ Simon Lee Gallery, Nov 12 – Dec 21

10 November 2015

The 1,000 ISLANDS group exhibition is on at Hong Kong’s Simon Lee Gallery, opening November 12 and running to December 21.

Organised by Franklin Melendez and featuring artists Dora Budor, Aaron Garber-Maikovska, Pierre Huyghe, Josh Kline, Sean Raspet, Pamela Rosenkranz and Lucie Stahl, the exhibition press release offers a quote from Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species (1859), as a starting point:

“How have all those exquisite adaptations of one part of the organization to another part, and to the conditions of life, and of one distinct organic being to another being, been perfected? We see these beautiful co-adaptations most plainly in the woodpecker and mistletoe; and only a little less plainly in the humblest parasite which clings to the hairs of a quadruped or feathers of a bird; . . . in short, we see beautiful adaptations everywhere and in every part of the organic world.”

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Pamela Rosenkranz, Our Product (2015) @ Venice Biennale Swiss Pavilion. Exhibition view. Photo by Megan Monte.
Pamela Rosenkranz, Our Product (2015) @ Venice Biennale Swiss Pavilion. Exhibition view. Photo by Megan Monte.

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