ART, LIMITED EDITION, PRINT | Auction action – commission an artwork

Artist:

Garrett Lynch

Location:

Plymouth, UK

Location of the winning bidder:

Sag Harbor, New York

Full Category:

Art > Other Art

Starting Price:

£5.99

Sale Price:

£10.50


Q & A

Let’s start! Where does one start with this…do you pick a starting point or do I?

Hi there, well the starting point is making a bid. If you win then the work is based on what happens during the auction and its page, so for example your eBay profile, the questions

so this exchange is potentially part of the work, correct?

That’s correct 🙂

Congratulations you won the auction and commissioned the work. Please pay as soon as possible. The creation of the work will start today. As the listing states please be patient and allow 28 days for delivery of the print. Many thanks for bidding, Garrett

Artist Bio:

Garrett Lynch (IRL) is an artist, lecturer, curator and theorist. His work deals with networks (in their most open sense) within an artistic context; the spaces between artist, artworks and audience as a means, site and context for artistic initiation, creation and discourse. Currently Garrett’s practice explores the thesis that networks are a transformative factor in contemporary art practice. Recently most active in live performance Garrett’s networked practice spans online art, installation, performance and writing.

Post-graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), Paris, France Garrett has taught on several new media courses throughout England and Wales.

Curator:

Gaia Tedone

Artist Statement:

Auction action – commission an artwork is a transformative action that occurs within the context of the networked performance Transformations: Actions to Matter / Matter to Actions. All performative actions for Transformations attempt to source an item for free and then sell it online. Actions that are performed online are considered to occur within a ‘virtual’ or digital context. Items that are acquired as a result of actions are physically manifested in ‘real’ contexts. A transformation therefore occurs from ‘virtual’ to ‘real’ and then back to ‘virtual’ again. The internet is both a staging ground for initiating transformation as well as the final destination for the items acquired and the documentation produced.

In Auction action, the action consists of an eBay auction to commission an artwork. The auction winner becomes the commissioner of the artwork and their details and/or details of the auction are used by the artist to inform and conceive of the artwork. The artist however does not produce the artwork. Instead he utilizes the amount paid by the auction winner to employ a service or services through eBay to produce and/or customise an item as artwork. Through this process the artist performs as an intermediary who connects and negotiates between the auction winner and eBay service provider(s). The action and artwork produced are wholly based on the auction, its outcome and the site-specificity of eBay as a space for networked performance.

Once the artwork is completed evidence of the action is recorded through screenshots and the artwork is photographed. These are added to the Transformations web-based documentary archives. The auction winner receives a signed limited edition print 1/1 of the artwork’s photograph with a certificate of authenticity that links to the artwork’s webpage. Similar to all items acquired for Transformations the artwork will ultimately be sold online within a later series of auctions that complete the Transformations performance.