Christina Vasallo, curator
suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
christina VASSALLO: Random Number Multiples provides an opportunity for artists to expand their repertoire through artwork editioning processes. It is a platform for artists to experiment with new techniques or engage with familiar ones in new ways.
Marius Watz, “Arcs04-01” and “Arcs-04-01″
Jer Thorp,” RGB – NYT Word Frequency, 1981 – 2010″ and “Hope/Crisis – NYT Word Frequency, 1981 – 2010”
We launched the project with four silk screened prints–2 abstract compositions by generative artist Marius Watz and 2 data visualizations by Jer Thorp–as a way to offer affordable artwork by artists whose typical output presents challenges to collectors. Since Marius’ and Jer’s practices both revolve around code, the commitment to collecting this kind of work is much higher than with collecting traditional media. As we continue to develop the project Random Number Multiples will soon publish archival prints and 3D printed objects by artists using a variety of methods, such as laser cutting, rapid prototyping, and CNC milling.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
cV: The biggest influence for this kind of project is the artists, architects, and design studios that I’ve been surrounded by recently. I gravitate toward exhibiting difficult work–installations or interventions that cannot be easily categorized or produced. As a curator I’m a glutton for punishment in that way, but in the end I think it provides the viewer and the artist with a very gratifying experience. Through Random Number Mulitiples, I wanted these artists whose main practice is not easily marketable to channel their concerns into techniques that can result in an affordable and collectible piece.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
cV: I was looking at a lot of other online and brick-and-mortar shops that are doing similar things–to provide inspiration for what to do and also examples of what not to do. Right now I’m reading Count Basie’s autobiography and some books about war psychology for two unrelated upcoming projects that have nothing to do with Random Number Multiples, but this is how independent curators operate. We’re like journalists in that we become instant experts in any subject, when the need arises.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
cV: I previously included SOFTlab in an exhibition that was on display in an abandoned convent, and I’m happy to be working with them on an upcoming Random Number Multiples edition. I will also be working with theverymany, who shares some interests and concerns with SOFTlab. But before them, I’ll be releasing a new batch of silk screen prints by Melisa Brown and Man Bartlett. Also, I just bought really great stuff from thefuturefuture and Nervous System, so I’ve been thinking about how these studios apply their design principles to jewelry.