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Petzel presents Community Board, an online exhibition highlighting artists who rely on, and incorporate, their communities and networks to realize their work. At a time when our communities are forcefully insular and our social and physical dynamics are drastically changing due to the implications of COVID-19, the relationships and systems of support we have maintained are arguably more important than ever. These links are the results of both physical closeness, as with roommates or doctors, as well as emotional closeness, whether that is calling home, a wedding officiated over Zoom, or somewhere in between with a shared demand for justice and change through protest. These relationships and interactions correlate with what we have decided is most important to focus our energy on in the current state. The works included in Community Board, all executed pre-pandemic, are transformed under our new circumstances. Community Board presents the dichotomy of our more intimate and personal bonds alongside the virtual connections that are increasingly prominent in our lives, to explore what community means today.

Community Board includes works by Walead Beshty, Ross Bleckner, Cosima von Bonin, Fiona Connor, Wade Guyton, Allan McCollum, Sarah Morris, Seth Price, Pieter Schoolwerth, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

It’s an interest in that kind of aspect of objects which is not so much about art and our expectations for authorship, but about the way that objects can embody more complex social relationships… I guess that an object is dependent on its context. It comes from somewhere at a certain time and doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Art and objects are the products and constructs of the people that either bring them into being or live with them. I’m interested in how a built thing interacts with many different kinds of people during its lifetime.

Fiona Connor, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Interview with Fiona Connor, 2017

I work very differently, I think, from how other artists work. And the word “assistant” breaks my heart. It’s not in my vocabulary. They are my slaves and I am their slave. It’s the same with the word “project.” You don’t have a project, you have an idea or you steal the idea, or you work together with people on an idea. Everyone is allowed to do what he wants to do.

Eleanor Heartney, “In Conversation: Cosima von Bonin with Eleanor Heartney,” The Brooklyn Rail, 2018

Allan McCollum
The Shapes Project: Collection of Seventy-two Perfect Couples, 2005/2012
Acrylic with varnish on New England Rock Maple with cradled basswood panels
10 x 10 inches (each) 25.4 x 25.4 cm (each)

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Seth Price
Broken Virus Style, 2018
Inkjet, acrylic polymer, acrylic paint, earth, glue, plastic, wood, metal
54.75 x 41.5 inches 139.1 x 104.8 cm

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Walead Beshty
Marginalis (Los Angeles, California, September 2–30, 2013), 2019
Cyanotype chemistry on canvas
60 x 128 inches 152.4 x 325.1 cm

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Fiona Connor
Community Notice Board (La Brea), 2015
Corkboard, paint, silkscreen and UV print on aluminum plates, vinyl, pins, staplers, tape
34 x 48 inches 86.4 x 121.9 cm

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Ross Bleckner
Protein 40%, 2000
Oil on linen
60 x 60 inches 152.4 x 152.4 cm

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Ross Bleckner
Overexpression, 1998
Oil on Canvas
84 x 72 inches 213.4 x 182.9 cm

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Ross Bleckner
Untitled, 2000
Oil on linen
60 x 60 inches 152.4 x 152.4 cm

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Cosima von Bonin
KILLER WHALE WITH LONG EYELASHES I (RHINO* VERSION) *Rhino by Renate Mueller, Germany, 1960s, 2018
Fabric, leather, canvas, wooden chair
42 x 105 x 39 inches 106.7 x 266.7 x 99.1 cm

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Cosima von Bonin
36 BUBBLES LOOP #07, 2010
Cotton
66.9 x 55.1 inches 170 x 140 cm

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Cosima von Bonin
SMOKE 2008/2011 (CVB & MICHEL WUERTHLE), 2011
Steel, lacquer, plate-glass, spruce, perspex, neon lamp, light-emitting diode
129.9 x 46 x 28 inches 330 x 116.8 x 71.1 cm

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In his series of Copper Surrogates Beshty explores the ways in which objects accrue and produce meaning through their placement and circulation in the world. For Petzel Gallery’s 2014 exhibition, Beshty created polished raw copper sculptures built to the dimensions of the gallery’s work surfaces. As the gallery staff carried on with their daily routine, their natural contact and resting bodies tarnished a patina on to the reflective copper surfaces. Just as a camera captures a moment in time, the copper surrogates trace the movement of the staff’s immaterial labor.

In Rirkrit Tiravanija’s “Demonstration Drawings” the artist has taken images from the then-current issues of the International Herald Tribune and asked his former students in Thailand to redraw the depictions of protest. The resulting drawings reveal not only Tiravanija’s and the individual author’s perspective of those demonstrations, but also their interpretations of the media’s portrayal at the time, examining the relationships of several communities at once. Despite the nearly 15 year old subject matter, these drawings feel particularly relevant at the present moment, especially when thinking of the physical distance between author and imagery.

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled (Demonstration No. 130), 2006
Graphite on paper
7.75 x 10.75 inches 19.7 x 27.3 cm

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Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled (Demonstration No. 193), 2006
Graphite on paper
8.25 x 11.63 inches 21 x 29.5 cm

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Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled (Demonstration No. 194), 2006
Graphite on paper
8.25 x 11.63 inches 21 x 29.5 cm

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Walead Beshty
Brian, 456 West 18th Street, New York, New York, July 1, 2014, 2014
Chromogenic print
20 x 13.5 inches 50.8 x 34.3 cm

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Walead Beshty
Table (...), 2014
Polished copper table top and powder-coated steel
22.5 x 55 x 1.5 inches 57.2 x 139.7 x 3.8 cm

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Walead Beshty
Jason, 456 West 18th Street, New York, New York, July 1, 2014, 2014
Chromogenic print
20 x 13.5 inches 50.8 x 34.3 cm

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Sarah Morris
White House, 2017
Household gloss paint on canvas
60 x 60 inches 152.5 x 152.5 cm

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Sarah Morris
Five Seconds, 2017
Ink and gouache on paper
30 x 30 inches 76.2 x 76.2 cm

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Pieter Schoolwerth
Shifted Sims #3 (Get Famous), 2019
Oil, acrylic, inkjet on canvas
48 x 84 inches 121.9 x 213.4 cm

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Wade Guyton
Untitled, 2018
Epson UltraChrome HDX inkjet on linen
84 x 69 inches 213.4 x 175.3 cm

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