Stephanie Syjuco discusses the commissioned installation Excess Capital (Double or Nothing), 2013–, on view in What is an edition, anyway?, and how authenticity is defined in a commodity-based culture. The work displays used copies of Karl Marx’s Capital that Syjuco purchased at auction on eBay and then reclassifies as artist editions by inserting a signed bookplate. Offering each book for sale at exactly double the price paid, Syjuco leverages visitors as partner investors in the project, with all proceeds donated to local activist organizations specializing in racial justice and immigration rights at the close of the exhibition.
MFA’s free Gallery Sessions invite artists and curators to explore and contemplate their works on view with visitors in an intimate setting.
Takes place during the 2019 San Francisco Art Book Fair.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Stephanie Syjuco (b. 1974) is a conceptual artist and educator who creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, which often incorporate an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and ZKM Center for Art and Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship Award and a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award. Syjuco received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and MFA from Stanford University. She is Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley.