TRANS>editions announces the release of “Pirate Love” by Daniel Guzman as part of the exhibition “NY Groove” at TRANS> area on view through June 30 and At Art Basel 35, booth 2.1/L27.
“Pirate Love” includes a jukebox that plays100 pirated Rock CDs bought by Guzman in Mexico City's black-market, a sculpture of the cd cases and drawings. The exterior of the jukebox covered with a silver fabric sheath resembles its contents; its surface shines like that of a pirated CD. The CDs, some of them Latin cover bands, discontinued recordings and some icons of Rock & Roll, are labeled with Guzman's “Pirate Love” heart drawings. “Pirate Love”, also, the name of a band, and the title of the project, is inscribed on the sides of the silver cover with frontal hearts on each side of the speakers. The CD cases are precariously arranged on a humble table and black and white drawings of different band posters are pinned to the wall.
“Pirate Love” is part of Guzman's most recent project, “Side B: NY Groove”, an exhibition at TRANS>area exploring rock and roll's influence on both Mexican and American culture, and celebrating the blossoming culture of digital piracy. The energy of the black market is a source of inspiration for Guzman as he says, “this mercantile and economic chaos has given my work the possibility of appropriating and reinterpreting the rock music commodity.” Kim Levin of the Village Voice calls Guzman's piece “groovy music nostalgia” and points out in her review that Guzman makes “the whole free trade bootleg endeavor perfectly clear.”
Piracy is the key aspect of the “free trade boot leg endeavor”; it allows us to recapture some of the freedom that rock music had previously embodied. Guzman writes, “I remember a time when rock music was generous, maybe a bit more naïve, but surely more amusing than the impersonal corporate monster it has become.” The jukebox is a celebration of this freedom—a recovery of the sixties in a digital age.
About Daniel Guzman>
Daniel Guzmán lives and works in Mexico City. Guzmán's exhibition at TRANS>area is his first solo show in the U.S.
Among the exhibitions in which Guzman's work has been included are: IL QUOTIDIANO ALTERATO, Curated by Gabriel Orozco, Venice Biennale,2003; HAPPINESS, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; KILLING TIME AND LISTENING BETWEEN LINES, Jumex, Mexico City; HOW EXTRAORDINARY THAT THE WORLD EXISTS, CCAC, San Francisco; MONTREAL BIENNALE, Centre International D'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada; GWANJU BIENNALE , Gwanju, South Korea; SIETE DILEMAS: DIALGOS EN EL ARTE MEXICANO , Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.
TRANS>editions are limited edition artworks by upcoming and prominent contemporary artists created especially for TRANS> . TRANS> is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization. All proceeds from the sale of these editions are applied toward the programs of TRANS> which maintains an unwavering commitment to innovation in the visual arts.
Previous TRANS>editions include: Marina Abramovic, Estefan Bruggremann, Cabelo, Janet Cardiff, Bonnie Collura, Minerva Cuevas, Olafur Eliason, Arturo Herrera, Sharon Lockhart, Ken Lum, Paul McCarthy, Fabián Marcaccio, Lee Mingwei, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Pardo, The Poetics Project (Mike Kelley & Tony Oursley, ), Barbara Pollack, Marjetica Potrc, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Karim Rashid, Anri Sala & Edi Rama. Meyer Vaisman, Adriana Varejao, and Andrea Zittel.
TRANS> area is a nonprofit arts and cultural space in Chelsea, New York. TRANS> area offers artists their first solo exhibition in New York City and often the United States. The program at TRANS> area is sponsored in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc and Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz. Additional support for this exhibition has been received by Avantgarde Multimedia, Inc., Aeromexico and Great Neck Games & Productions, Inc.
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