Bank, a long standing institution of ownership, commerce, and exploitation
was the site for a group exhibition, each artist exploring the bank
as thematic reference.
Untitled Auction, The Bank draws reference
to the role of the human body as commodity in the historical exchange of
money and property. In the on-site installation, each of the teller
lights blink and beckon the visitor to approach the carnival like
soundscape and auction site to inspect the goods. A red carpet leads
the viewer to the auction crate where 'X' marks the spot of exchangeable
property. Inside the teller stalls, piles of human teeth rest as
if awaiting the commencement of business, recalling the various methods of ‘appraising’ the value of slaves.
1997, The Bank, New York, NY.