Traded is a group exhibition consisting of artists who have traded works with one another. James Scheuren reached out to a number of artists, who he knows personally and whose work he respects, asking them to propose one artist with whom they have traded works to join the artist roster. In this way, an extended network of artists began to form, and the concrete evidence of these connections exists in the artworks themselves. For the exhibition, each artist pair presents two works that they have traded with one another. The exhibition presents an artistic sensibility from the perspective of the artist, as opposed to the collector/curator, and also evidences a form of artistic exchange that circumvents the traditional art market. This reflects an interstice, in the sense of a space outside an economic system, which artists have created through trades that preclude the sales of the traded works. The trade elides the commodification of the art object or the art object as financial investment. Moreover, the show bespeaks the importance of artists’ communities, formed through personal and professional relationships, some of which go back many years. These works on display thus indicate a fuller life around the periphery of the so-called “artworld”—one in which artists support and encourage one another’s work. The exhibition engages the public’s perception of how most artists actually live and highlights how much artwork produced is not sold and often is not originally produced with the impetus to be sold.
Work by Morehshin Allahyari, Sterling Allen, Miguel Aragon, Doug Burns, Marcos Castro, Teresa Cervantes, Collective Task, Corey Drieth , Jonathan Faber, Sally Glass, Julia Haft-Candell, Ronald Hall, Hollis Hammonds, Jonas Hart, Nicole Jean Hill, Bethany Johnson, Christina Kerns, Phil Ladeau, Camilo Leyva, Jonathan Marshall, Francisco Moreno, Lauren Moya Ford,Theo Mullen, Alex Robinson, Anna Winter, William Wylie, Dave Woody, Maria de los Angeles, Rodriguez Jimenez, Rachel Stuckey, Maggie Sullivan, Dan Sutherland, Eric Shane Swanson, Sherwin Rivera Tibayan, Chris Wawrinofsky and Ricky Yanas