DISSENTIA CURATORIAL SERVICES PRESENTS STEAL THIS SHOW, AN EVENT WHERE NO ONE CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT THE HIGH PRICE OF ART
Opening February 2, 2000 at Vox Populi Gallery,141 N 2nd Street in Philadelphia, and running through February 23rd
If imitation is a form of flattery, than theft must surely be the highest.
As a sure hangover cure for the post -consumerist holiday frenzy, Dissentia Curatorial Services presents its newest exhibition/event, 'Steal this Show' on February 2nd at Vox Populi Gallery. There will be nothing here that you can buy, but the art can easily be procured by anyone with the nerve and skill to surreptitiously take it. Dissentia hopes that the pieces will be thefted only by those who truly covet them and are able to display them.
What does Dissentia want in return? Only that the thieves mail the stamped postcard affixed to the back of their newest acquisition and confess, "Why did you steal this piece of art?" They don't even need to sign their name. But they will be encouraged to use their creativity and honesty, as their confessions will be posted on the Dissentia website along with an image of the work now in their possession.
Their act of theft may appear there on the website, as Dissentia will stream a video from a surveillance camera that records the opening night gala event. This tape will also run at the gallery exhibition, which will continue even as the physical artworks disappear. Anyone visiting Vox Populi after the opening will see black and white images of the artwork, stamped 'stolen' in red adhered to the walls where original pieces once were.
The artwork in 'Steal this Show' will be wide-ranging, including paintings, prints, photos and objects. The curators have been encouraged by the enthusiastic response from artists. Selected artists include Chris Vecchio, David Gerbstadt, Kyle Cassidy, Jodi Sweitzer, Suzanne Schecter, Chris Wildrick, and many more.
"Steal this Show" continues the spirit of Dissentia's past projects, which seek to present work in unusual yet familiar locations that challenge audiences to experience art in a new way. This exhibit further explores one of Dissentia's founding principals - that art should be a democratic experience; everyone should have access to it and be able to own it. "'Steal this Show' was a way for us to push that envelope," said Chris Wilson. "We wanted to make it possible for everyone to acquire works of art, to live with them and learn of their real value."