Based on an architectural blue print from 1847, Ebner and Sinister built a room from Aircrete breeze blocks. However, although the original 1847 structure was designed to keep the weather out, the work for Frieze Art Fair is designed to keep sound in. The situation of the fair and its material resources were used to commission an eight-part episodic text on the octopus. Twice daily at 12 and 4pm the room was closed to the public and the text was read and recorded. As the fair closes, the episodes were stuck together to form a whole, to be played to a dedicated audience on the 31st floor of the Chrysler Building in New York. The recording was then be transcribed and republished as a PDF on servinglibrary.org
Shannon Ebner (b.1971) is an American artist based in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Signal Hill’, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco (2010); ‘Invisible Language Workshop’, Wallspace, New York (2009) and ‘Special Project: Shannon Ebner’, P.S.1/MoMA Center for Contemporary Art, New York (2007). Selected group exhibitions include ‘6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art’, Berlin (2010); ‘Les Recontres d’Arles 2010 / 41st Edition’, Arles, France (2010); ‘2008 Whitney Biennial’, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008); ‘Learn to Read’, Tate Modern, London (2007) and ‘Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millennium’, The Serpentine Gallery, London (2006-2007). Ebner’s work is held in public collections such as The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, LACMA in Los Angeles and The Gallery of New South Wales in Australia. In 2009 Ebner’s artist’s book The Sun as Error was published by LACMA and co-ordinated by Dexter Sinister.
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Dexter Sinister is the co-operative name of Stuart Bailey (b. 1973) and David Reinfurt (b. 1971). Dexter Sinister constitutes a triangle of activities: (a) a publishing imprint, (b) a workshop & bookstore, and (c) a pseudonym making site/time-specific work in art venues. David graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1993, Yale University in 1999, and formed the design studio O-R-G in 2000. Stuart graduated from the University of Reading in 1994, the Werkplaats Typografie in 2000, and co-founded the journal Dot Dot Dot the same year.