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, listed on eBay as ART, LIMITED EDITION, PRINT | Auction action – commission an artwork #exstrange, were transformative actions that occurred within the context of the networked performance Transformations: Actions to Matter / Matter to Actions (http://www.asquare.org/work/transformations/). Transformative actions within Transformations attempt to source items for free online and then sell them 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 actions consisted of an eBay auction to commission an artwork. The auction winner became the commissioner of the artwork. Their details and details of the auction were used by the artist to inform and conceive of the artwork. The artist however did not produce the artwork. Instead he utilised the amount paid by the auction winner to employ services through eBay to produce and customise items assembled as an artwork. Through this process the artist performs as an intermediary who connects and negotiates between the auction winner and eBay service providers. The actions and artwork produced are wholly based on the auction, its outcome and the site-specificity of eBay as a space for networked performance.

The artwork produced was a dye-sublimation print on aluminium with circular sticker. The aluminium print’s design was created by the artist. It consisted of a collaged combination of text and imagery including the auction winner’s username, a photograph used as their profile banner and a word integrated into a phrase that has a particular meaning to them. The aluminium print was next commissioned from an eBay seller. A sticker design was copied from a different eBay seller, modified and ordered from a third eBay seller. Once received from eBay the aluminium print and sticker were assembled.

During the creation of the artwork evidence of the actions, that is all steps involved in the creation of the work, were recorded through screenshots. These, along with a photograph of the artwork, were added to the Transformations web-based documentary archives. The auction winner received a signed limited edition print 1/1 of the artwork’s photograph with a certificate of authenticity that links via QR code to the artwork’s webpage. This enables a connection to be maintained back to the artwork’s documentation and the actions that produced it, which will continue to update while Transformations is ongoing. 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.