D E C O N S U M P T I O N
INSITU - More production of less
November 1 - 29, 2006
EIDIA - Paul Lamarre Melissa P. Wolf
Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI)
1600 St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico 24044
For more information call: 646-217-9370
D E C O N S U M P T I O N, 'more production of less' is a five year work-in-progress by the art group EIDIA -- Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf. The installation achieves its second stage of formal realization as part of the Artists-in-Residence program at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) in November 2006.
During the month long insitu installation and performance Wolf and Lamarre address the ecological impact of not only the artist's end product, but the production process itself. The thrust of D E C O N S U M P T I O N is the recycling of ideas, which seeks to activate on the part of the viewer a renewed sense of meaning for the mundane, often discarded object turned objet d'art.
Visitors to the SFAI, will be invited to view (and purchase) found objects--from the dump or destined for the dump--which Wolf and Lamarre have reclaimed / rescued. The buyer receives a certificate of authenticity stating the purpose of the D E C O N S U M P T I O N concept. EIDIA asks the visitor to reconsider an object's value and the environmental cost of its production; given that we are becoming increasingly aware of modernism's impact on the global ecology.
(A brief video work entitled: DUMP, of EIDIA's numerous sojourns to the Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency will also be screen on November 29.)
D E C O N S U M P T I O N has been held during 60 random weekends out of the EIDIAhouse studio since 2000. Funds from a purchase go to support EIDIAhouse--a meeting place for ideas--wherein art, the actions of our lives, goes beyond indulgent consumerism.
D E C O N S U M P T I O N in the EIDIAhouse studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is an extension of an inveterate artwork that began in 1995 with the project "Private Dealer."
"Private Dealer - EIDIA Is their current environment an installation, an antique shop, or what? Private Dealer--a one-year work in progress that confounds the categories, is a maverick materialization of an eccentric concept. The duo know as EIDIA, whose projects deal with forms of authorship other than art..."
- Kim Levin, the Village Voice April 18, 1995
Lamarre and Wolf are a "transdisciplinary" artist and filmmaker team working under the name EIDIA, an acronym with many possible meanings, from Ecological Involvement Demands Immediate / Individual Action to Everything I Do Is Art. Their previous works have taken many forms including site-specific installations utilizing photography, sculpture, video, and film. They have exhibited nationally and internationally and their work can be found in numerous collections.
EIDIA has been the artist team of Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf since their marriage in 1986. Their research seeks to redefine mundanity by reevaluating the objet d'art and the artmakers role/responsibility in production and distribution. This work often involves collaborations with other individuals, wherein the impact of the process of art-making and the finished product is not achieved in the studio or gallery white cube, but rather in the society at large.
Please visit: www.eidia.com
Their previous documentary "the nea tapes" (2001) http://www.neatapes.com/ about the 90s culture wars has been acquired by over 200 universities and colleges in the US and Canada.
For EIDIA books and video see: http://www.eidia.com/ CONTACT for information and appointment: 646-217-9370 firstname.lastname@example.org