Kevin B. Chen
Stephanie Syjuco
RAIDERS: International Booty, Bountiful Harvest (Selections from the Collection of the A____ A__ M_____), 2011
Digital archival photo prints mounted onto lasercut wood, hardware
Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery

Syjuco presents work from a series called RAIDERS, a sculptural installation of re-assembled antique vessels that she has created by downloading publicly available images from a prominent Asian arts and antiquities museum’s online database and then printing them at their actual sizes. Adhered to laser-cut wooden backings and gathered in groups, the prop-like objects at first glance appear to be a collection of valued cultural objects. Yet the vessels, now degraded and flattened, have been rendered ineffective, removed from both their original usage and their institutional context. By using open online sources, Syjuco investigates how we participate in the construction of culture and how the accessibility of the internet can facilitate its redistribution. The work also delves into issues of acquisition and appropriation.

Determining Domain

November 7, 2012 – January 19, 2013
Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Photo credit: Scott Chernis
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