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apexart :: Peer2Pickle :: Justin Tyler Tate
apexart - NYC

organized by Justin Tyler Tate

January 12 - March 9, 2019

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 11, 6-8 pm

An Open Call exhibition

Justin Tyler Tate, Dialectics of Space, ver. 2, 2017

original proposal
Waste food is a growing problem with little governmental/corporate incentive to offer solutions. 'Peer2Pickle' will look to re-format and transform apexart's space into a durational workshop, peer learning venue as well as an ephemeral factory. The work seeks to construct a framework for an open source economic model which will be open to the commons through a 'Peer2Pickle' website where it can be adopted by anyone. Using Lower Manhattan as a starting point for the project, the artists will try to acquire produce from the nearby markets and look to resuscitate those organic products into goods with an extended shelf life. In reducing the local waste during the exhibition period, the project will present an example for global food waste. The project will simultaneously experiment with and develop recipes and strategies during the time-frame of the exhibition with everything accessible within apexart's space as well as all on the 'Peer2Pickle' website, which will function as the project's archive. The project manipulates the traditional exhibition format while looking to analyze local food waste. 'Peer2Pickle' also aims to address the problem of increased greenhouse gasses caused by decomposition. Furthermore, the project creates and disseminates a formula, available on the 'Peer2Pickle' website, which can be adjusted to suit the needs of any given location by motivated actors.

'Peer2Pickle' blurs boundaries amid defined roles as art space becomes factory with the exhibition fluctuating between art and activism, commons and capital, environment and society, as well as here and there. Entering apexart will become an experiential event where one's senses are bombarded by an array of colors, sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures. As one meanders through the space, visitors will be invited to participate, to partake and take home.

The exhibition will include work by several artists working between Asia, Europe and North America.

Justin Tyler Tate was born in Canada, grew up in the United States and now works internationally. Receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and a Master of Fine Arts from Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, his work combines elements of sculpture, installation, media, performance and social art. Tate's work is concerned with ideas of space, function, interactivity and environment. In combining traditional methods of making, do-it-yourself approaches, research, experimentation as well as explorations of pedagogy, Tate is able to alter how space is perceived, interpreted and experienced. Tate teaches workshops on the methodology of available materials, tools, and site specificity.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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