2016/01/07 LIME IN THE COCONUT @ MB
I like zooming in and out.
Isolating parts of images, adding duration.
Extending, unpacking, and diluting.
I like a convention that can be applied regardless of content.
- Zak Kitnick, 2015
Zak Kitnick redeploys and transforms objects and tools usually associated with sorting, ordering, and filtering. Screens, shelving, packaging, and taxonomic posters are used to transport meaning and refocus us onto a contemporary rethinking of how information and order have been transformed in our post-industrial, technologically managed lives.
For the exhibition, Lime in the Coconut, the artist gives special attention to two rationales of operation: concentration/dilution and expansion/contraction. The result is a series of work that utilize metaphors of produce to frustrate modes of production and dissemination.
In one gallery, Kitnick has produced a series of works that transform industrial shelving. Alleviating the form from its function, Kitnick repurposes the shelving, collapsing it flat as if for shipment. The loadbearing surfaces, offered to the viewer as both substrate and storage, reframe a commercial image depicting a green olive branch. These pixilated images note their commercial print origin and emphasize the journey from information to image. Lining the walls, the resulting works are arranged in thirteen permutations. A series of approaches emerge: cuts, crops and enlargements. In their varied organization, these works simultaneously perform and stutter digital flows.