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Sam Ekwurtzel. Late morning early spring

Monday, October 10, 2016 6:55
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10:35 someone and someone entering, 2016
cast iron drainage pipe, wye fitting, 107 x 8.5 x 3 inches (271.78 x 21.59 x 7.62 cm)

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10:35 someone and someone entering (detail), 2016
cast iron drainage pipe, wye fitting, 107 x 8.5 x 3 inches (271.78 x 21.59 x 7.62 cm)

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SAM EKWURTZEL, late morning early spring
installation view at Simone Subal Gallery, New York, September – October 2016

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SAM EKWURTZEL, late morning early spring
installation view at Simone Subal Gallery, New York, September – October 2016

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SAM EKWURTZEL, late morning early spring
installation view at Simone Subal Gallery, New York, September – October 2016

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10:39 someone and someone exiting, 2016
cast iron drainage pipe, wye fitting, 107 x 8.5 x 3 inches (271.78 x 21.59 x 7.62 cm)

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SAM EKWURTZEL, late morning early spring
installation view at Simone Subal Gallery, New York, September – October 2016

all images courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, New York

On March 30, 2016, New York based artist SAM EKWURTZEL bought some random building materials manufactured between 10:35 am to 10:42 am on that specific day for his upcoming exhibition at Gallery Simone Subal in New York. Nothing exceptional apart the fact that just like grocery products, each of the construction items produced in America have their production date and hours printed on them in order to facilitate quality control.

Six months later, on September 10, the show chronologically documents the objects from EKWURTZEL‘s action. The press release informs that ‘the materials were not generated specifically for the exhibition; rather they were synchronously pulled from the four independent production lines or purchased from distributors’. It means also that the exhibition is featuring a series of cement boards and pipes that have been produced at the same time but by competing manufacturers.

Adopting the approach of a pre-archaeologist, EKWURTZEL plays with temporal scale, in which the slow process of erosion of these objects is stopped, while at the same time his work is starting to deal with obsolescence.

late morning early spring by SAM EKWURTZEL is on view at Simone Subal Gallery, New York until October 16, 2016

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