Created by Jon Butt and Simon MacEwan
Presented by c3 Projects
SCOTT MITCHELL + SIMON MACEWAN
VIVIAN COOPER SMITH + JO SCICLUNA
DANAE VALENZA + SALOTE TAWALE
CARMEL SEYMOUR + LUCY JAMES
Reflecting on c3’s interest in a group oriented, activity based collaborative processes, the COPY-SHOP project involved 8 artists working together as ‘employees’ of a staged photocopy shop within the gallery.
The selected artists all worked in quite different ways yet were paired on the basis of a certain affinity between their practices, choosing partnerships that produced exciting and unexpected results.
A result of these collaborations was a limited-edition archival quality print edition. The COPY-SHOP itself consisted of a studio working area for the artists complete with a museum grade archival printer and a showroom where the resultant prints were displayed and sold.
The visible inclusion of the artists themselves (making work in public) called attention to the ambiguous commerce of the art world, where what is being purchased is not simply an object; but a connection to a set of ideas, to the authorship of those ideas and ultimately a relation to the life that they came from.
This work was presented as a companion piece to c3’s Art Fair Project Space.
Proudly supported by:
Colour Factory, Toner Express and The Abbotsford Convent Foundation