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Multiples and Editions, pt. 2
Amanda Alic, Luca Bertolo, Nelson Bradley, Tyra Bombetto, Chiara Camoni & Ines Bassanetti, Cammi Climaco, Naval Cassidy, Patrick Couder, Gregory Curry, Rik de Boe, Lisa DiLillo, Celeste Fichter, Joshua Fields, Sean Hemmerle, Chuck Jones, David Kramer, James Leonard, Travis Lindquist, Tom Mulligan, Serge Onnen, Allan Packer, Melissa Pokorny, Ross Racine, Marshall Reese & Nora Ligorano, Matt Richards, David Shapiro, Philip Simmons, Jeremy Slater, Patricia Smith, Jan Sokota, George Spencer, Anna Stein & Athena Robles, Rodger Stevens, Mark Strathy, Sara Ching-Yu Sun, Jeremy James Thompson, Jason Van Anden and Edie Winograde.

The Multiples and Editions program began in January 2007 with an exhibition showcasing editioned works by over 30 artists. The program presents artists who approach the editioned work as field of artistic discourse and inquiry rather than simply as a way to mass-produce their artwork. The competing influences of consumer culture, mass-marketing, obscurantism, art market snobbery and populism are explored, critiqued and lampooned by artists working in many different media. Some of the artists explore what, if anything, distinguishes art objects from other kinds of material possessions that can be bought and sold (then resold on the secondary market). Some are unconcerned with the “status” of the objects that they make and seek to inject their subversive objects into the unsuspecting hands of non-art consumers. Many of the artists are keenly aware of the potential for their objects to gradually evolve into valued art market commodities, nullifying any populist aims they might have intended. Others are eager for this metamorphosis to take place. Some even deal with the design and/or fiat value of money itself.

Returning to the Front Room for the Multiples and Editions, vol. 2 exhibition were Marshall Reese and Nora Ligorano, who together comprise Pure Products USA, and make limited edition artwork with a sly political wit. Their F**K Snow Globe was a run-away hit (and hot seller) in the 2007 Multiples and Editions exhibition. For the 2008 exhibition they presented Giuliani Time, a clock bearing the face of the Republican presidential candidate and former NYC mayor. Offering the clock at the drastically reduced price of $69.11 (30% off), the artists urge you to purchase yours now because "Time is running out!". Anna Stein also returned, this time with collaborator Athena Robles, to present Jamaica Bucks, an alternative currency for the people of Jamaica, Queens. The newly minted Jamaica dollars were paid to residents in exchange for their photographic portrait and could be used to buy actual merchandise in local shops. The project was sponsored by the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. Edie Winograde’s photographic series Optimism Peak pits the serial reproduction of iconic images (in the tradition of Hiroshige as much as Andy Warhol) against the vicissitudes of weather and geologic time. In the series, Winograde photographed Colorado’s Pikes Peak from the same vantage point over weeks, months and seasons. James Leonard offered his Warbonds Certificates a monetary instrument which he sells in order to finance the completion of an ambitious installation. The bonds incorporate many of the details and security features that genuine government bonds use. During the run of the Multiples and Editions vol. 2 exhibition, Leonard premiered a performance related to his Warbonds project.

The exhibition featured prototypes, working sketches and other supporting materials that relate to the multiples and editions and which elaborate and inform the multiples themselves.




Marshall Reese and Nora Ligorano
Marshall Reese & Nora Ligorano
Giuliani Time, 2007
Edition: 25 (offered for $69.11)


Anna Stein and Athena Robles
Anna Stein & Athena Robles
Jamaica Bucks, 2007
Edition: 20 special edition prints


Edie Winograde
Edie Winograde
from the folio Optimism Peak (detail), 2007
Edition: 10


James Leonard
James Leonard
Warbond Certificate, 2004
Edition: 2500


Tom Mulligan
Tom Mulligan
Brinx Job (self portrait with stolen identity), 2007
Laminated ID cards with lanyards
Edition: 15

Gregory Curry
Gregory Curry
Soot Bar, 2005
mixed media
Edition: 12



Cammi Climaco
Cammi Climaco
Study for matching “SOLITUDE” tattoos, 2007
flock on paper
Edition: 10
Melissa Pokorny
Melissa Pokorny
Small Tragedy #4, 2007
polystyrene, archival digital prints, wood, silver mylar, butterflies, polyfleece,sicliconen
Edition: 3
Chiara Camoni
Chiara Camoni with Ines Bassanetti
(Di) Segnare il Tempo, 2006
Hardcover folio with 105 plates and one original drawing
Edition: 100

Allan Packer
Allan Packer
Rushmore (Teddy Meets Borglum), 2007
2 color etching
Edition: 20
Travis Lindquist
Travis Lindquist
Support the Troops Banana Stressball, 2007
foam with screen print
Edition: 100

Ross Racine
Ross Racine
Subdivision: Spring Creek, 2006
digital drawing (inkjet print on archival paper)
Edition: 10

Celeste Fichter
Celeste Fichter
Hung, 2007
archival inkjet print, thread and map pin
Edition: 20
Jan Sokota
Jan Sokota
Wink, 2007
minted copper coin
Edition: special Front Room edition of 500
Amanda Alic
Amanda Alic
The Exhibitionist from the series The Secret Lives of Animals, 2008
porcelain transferware
Edition: suite of 4 plates, 15 each


Luca Bertolo
Luca Bertolo
Composita Solvantur (detail), 2007
hardcover folio with 15 color plates
Edition: 100


Serge Onnen
Serge Onnen
Recording Drawing, 2008
drawing on LP with pencil and sleeve
Edition: 12


Jeremy Slater
Jeremy Slater
Enjuku (cover), 2007-8
enhanced audio CD
Edition: 50


Jeremy James Thompson
Jeremy James Thompson
NEW!, 2008
Four-color letterpress print on double-thick two-color paper.
Edition: 100