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"Danica Phelps: Artist, Collector, Curator, Spy"
2002-04-02 until 2002-05-04
LFL Gallery (Lawrence/Feuer/LaMontagne)
New York, NY, USA United States of America

LFL Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new drawings by Danica Phelps called Artist, Collector, Curator, Spy. This will be Danica's second solo exhibition at the LFL Gallery. Danica Phelps has been pretending to be an art collector. She has visited more than 600 exhibitions since she started collecting on September 6, 2001. Danica will continue this project until June 15th, 2002.

If Danica finds a piece that she wishes she could own, she covertly snaps a digital photo of it, brings the image back to the studio and dedicates herself to drawing the artwork as accurately as possible. She has curated these drawings of art into mini-exhibitions on relevant themes. In addition to the drawings and mini-exhibitions, Danica will also be exhibiting the research and documentation required to make her decisions as a collector. All reviews, price lists, press releases, notes, lists of galleries and postcards are systematically organized and displayed. At the end of the art season, Danica will attempt to acquire actual artworks by these artists by using her drawings as currency to trade with them. She will exhibit the acquisitions and attempted trades as part of a show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art called Living Inside the Grid this fall.

Danica's work often deals with creative value in relation to monetary value. Since 1996 she has been tracking all of her income and expenses. In Danica's system, each drawing is a documentation of a financial transaction, and each dollar is represented by a single stripe of watercolor: green for income, red for expense and grey for credit. Previous works include Bill Trip - a record of a road trip taken to all the places she pays her bills, and Trade Two, a project at LFL where she exchanged work and made drawings of this process with many of the gallery's artists. Danica's work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker, The Village Voice and Time Out New York. She has had exhibitions at Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME, PS 1/MOMA, New York, NY, ICA at Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL and la caixa in Barcelona.

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