About DEMANDS & SUPPLIES
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DEMANDS & SUPPLIES, DEMANDS & SUPPLIES, conceived as an ongoing retrospective and a full financial disclosure of all costs and expenses incurred in the past 10 years of Matthieu Laurette's practice as an artist, DEMANDS & SUPPLIES (2012—ongoing) picks up the story left off at the artist's eponymous exhibition in 2012 at Gaudel de Stampa in Paris and subsequently at Silicon Malley in Lausanne in 2020/2021. In contrast to Chris Burden, who made public his profit and loss (Full Financial Disclosure, 1977) as decorative "collages" of canceled checks, bank statements, and tax forms which he called "drawings," Matthieu Laurette is proposing since 2012, through a commercial arrangement, simple two-line contracts that allow his expenses to be acquired. Rather than producing or exhibiting a single material object, Matthieu Laurette generates financial "exhaust" - his bills and debts — to be paid for by collectors.
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As the artist explained in a discussion with Seth Siegelaub in Frieze (2013): "DEMANDS & SUPPLIES, consists entirely of contracts—say, a contract that a collector could purchase the cost of my phone deals, the rent of my studio or have a dinner with me and stuff like that."
Matthieu Laurette considers his basic artist’s expenses as production costs that are then doubled to define the selling price of the work, ranging from 207.66 euros for "Matthieu Laurette’s 2015 mobile phone bills were purchased by ____________________________", up to 31,909.14 euros for the entirety of his 2019 expenses. These works, available for online order are unique printed contracts in A4 or US letter format (dimensions variable according to collector's location), which must be signed by both parties—the collector and the artist—to be then framed in an artist's frame (size: 37.5 x 29 x 3.5 cm).
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In 1993, when asked on a French TV game show called Tournez Manège (The Dating Game) to describe himself, Matthieu Laurette replied, "A multimedia artist." He has since been exploring the relationship between art and society with an œuvre that he characterizes as "IRL Institutional Critique." His body of work seeks to show inconsistencies or flaws in the systems imposed by late capitalism and Spectacle. This project reduces an artistic work to the exhaustive list of expenses necessary for its own conception. Furthermore, it questions the value that any person, including the artist himself, can place on a work, including all that it can be brought to encompass, conceal, or even disguise. Reduced to increasingly essential data for many artists — financial data — DEMANDS & SUPPLIES displays a raw look at what is the lived reality of an artist today.
How does DEMANDS & SUPPLIES work?
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Choose the work(s) you want to acquire and add to cart, select your shipping destination and pay via PayPal or credit card*.
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Once we will receive your order and payment, a PDF of your unique contract will be e-mailed to you. You will have to print it yourself (in A4 or US letter format (dimensions variable according to collector's location) and sign it and then send it via postal mail to Matthieu Laurette studio in Paris. The artist will then co-sign the contract and commission his professional art framer to frame it in its artist's frame before shipping and/or delivering it to you.
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About the artist:
Matthieu Laurette (b. 1970) participated in the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 curated by Harald Szeemann, and his work has been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim (1998), MoMA-PS1 (2005) and MoMA (2007) in New York, Stedelijk (2005) in Amsterdam, Castello di Rivoli (2001) in Turin, Mamco (1999) in Geneva, Palais de Tokyo (2003 & 2006) and the Centre Pompidou (1997, 2000, 2004, 2007 & 2009) in Paris. A retrospective of his work spanning over three decades will be held at MACVAL-Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine) in 2023.
Exhibition views at Silicon Malley, CH (2020):
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