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Collectors' Edition: Rirkrit Tiravanija: Untitled 2017 (It’s Friday, it’s a mess after M. D.) (2017)
Gold foiling and laser engraving on wood veneer
Edition of 15, with 5 APs
Diameter 30 cm
Rirkrit Tiravanija is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Blurring the line between art and life, he often combines traditional object making with public and private perofrmances, teaching and other forms of public service and social action, using collective participation as a means to activate his art.
The artist ponders the textured nature and concept of time in Untitled 2017 (It’s Friday, It’s a mess after M. D.) (2017) with a distilled motif of the moon, clock or sundial. Alluding to the experience of time in its title, the work engineers a poetic journey where the past, present and future converge. Donned in gold foil, the print echoes time portals where the vastness of time collapses into a single encounter.
Time travel has been a critical element in Tiravanija’s work; he has not only used elements from popular culture as metaphors, but he has also utilised language as a means to unlock the imagination and facilitate a deeply personal understanding of the subject. Inspired by H.G. Wells’ dystopian novel ‘Time Machine’, Tiravanija constructed narratives of time and space in a series of time portals for his collaborative STPI project in 2014.
The Collector's Edition marks fifteen years of celebrated collaborations between STPI and its artists.