Created by Jon Butt and Simon MacEwan
SCOTT MITCHELL + SIMON MACEWAN, VIVIAN COOPER SMITH + JO SCICLUNA
DANAE VALENZA + SALOTE TAWALE, CARMEL SEYMOUR + LUCY JAMES
Collaborative print services by Colour Factory
Reflecting on c3’s interest in a group oriented, activity based collaborative processes, the COPY-SHOP project involves 8 artists working together as ‘employees’ of a staged photocopy shop within the gallery.
The selected artists all work in quite different ways yet have been paired on the basis of a certain affinity between their practices, choosing partnerships that will produce exciting and unexpected results.
A result of these collaborations will be limited-edition archival quality print editions. The COPY-SHOP itself will consist of a studio working area for the artists complete with a museum grade archival printer and a showroom where the resultant prints are displayed and sold.
The visible inclusion of the artists themselves (making work in public) calls 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 is presented as a companion piece to c3’s Art Fair Project Space.