Various Artists

Fuse Box


six individual multiples in a custom cardboard box
mixed media
15 5/8 in. x 11 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in.
Edition: 25

“Fuse Box” is an exhibition in a box commemorating our tenth anniversary. The box is a compilation of editioned work by six artists. Participating artists include Gary Kachadourian, James Hannaham, Celeste Fichter, John Marriott, Christina Kelly and Naval Cassidy. The Fuse Box contains:

1. Gary Kachadourian
Fuse Box
cardboard, laser printed paper, adhesive
11 1/2 x 15 5/8 x 4 1/4 in.
Gary Kachadourian, known for his meticulous photorealistic renderings of everyday objects, has transformed the entirety of the Fuse Box into a replica of an electrical circuit breaker-box. The wrap-around facsimile opens to reveal an insert with breaker switches and features hand-drawn safety warnings in several languages.

2. Celeste Fichter
rubber stamp, ink pad, inkjet print and papier-mâché box
3 x 4 5/8 x 2 1/8 in.
Celeste Fichter’s Timestamp is a kit containing a rubber stamp, ink pad and instructions. The ink stamp reads “time” and the instructions advise the user to stamp the word on their wrist, where for many, the time used to reside before the smart phone made the wristwatch redundant.

3. Christina Kelly
Coffee Cosmos
softcover animated flipbook
5 x 2 in. 100 pages b&w
Christina Kelly’s Coffee Cosmos reconfigures a famous scene from Godard’s 1967 film 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her as an animated flipbook. In the scene, the surface of a stirred cup of coffee suggests the swirling of the cosmos. In Kelly’s intimate hand-held adaptation, the image of the coffee merges with Kelly’s animated drawings layered over frames of the film.

4. Naval Cassidy
The 25
video, running time 30 min. USB drive, resin, various objects
2 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.
As a video artist, Naval Cassidy mixes small-scale objects and found and recorded sound into surreal monumental projected video-collages. For the Fuse Box, Cassidy has created a video using some of his favorite tiny props. The video is stored on a denuded USB drive frozen in a cube of clear resin along with a prop from the video.

5. James Hannaham
Intoxication as Artistic Practice
iron-on embroidered patch
5 3/4 x 4 in.
James Hannaham, whose novel Delicious Foods won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2016, has recently blended the visual and verbal in a series of text based “didactics”. These works describe intangible works of art composed of emotional states, ephemeral activities, and Fluxus-like formulas for hypothetical performances. For the Fuse Box Hannaham has created an iron on patch resembling a MoMA wall label for a piece of his own creation entitled: Intoxication as Artistic Practice, a work whose medium is listed as “drunkenness”.

6. John Marriott
LOC8r net (Data Recovery Technology)
selfie-stick, plastic mobile phone frame, wood, netting, paper packaging
9 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.
John Marriott is a prolific creator of artists’ multiples that impersonate consumer objects. He has been described by one critic as “…a ricochet artist deluxe, capable of riffing off, and hitting, multiple cultural targets in one shot.” His shot for Fuse Box is LOC8r net (Data Recovery Technology)—a butterfly net fashioned from a selfie-stick and a mobile phone protector. It is a bafflingly evocative object, certainly suggesting a link between the capricious hobby of butterfly collecting and the cultural distraction of selfie-taking. But the straight-faced claim to “data recovery technology” throws a darker spin on the thing.

Fuse Box

Gary Kachadourian was recently nominated for a Baker Artist Award. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland where he teaches at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Celeste Fichter was born in New Jersey in 1965 and lives and works in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and has exhibited at PH Gallery, DeChiaraStewart, Islip Art Museum and the Bronx Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and the Village Voice.

Christina Kelly is a Brooklyn based visual artist and filmmaker. In drawings, films, and with her work in the public realm Christina playfully engages with the geography, ecology and history of her hometown. Her work has been presented at Proteus Gowanus, The Rotunda Gallery, The Invisible Dog, dumbo video arts festival, BAM, The New Festival, and Frameline. She was recently a LMCC Swing Space Resident on Governors Island, where she climbed over the seawall with a homemade rope ladder. As a film editor she worked Vijay Mathew, Ramin Bahrani, Casper Andreas and the artist Judy Radul.

Naval Cassidy is an instant cinema artist who lives in New York City. He has worked with groups like Stackable Thumb, Naval Cassidy and the Hands of Orlak, and solo, pulling delirious visions out of discarded broken objects placed under the watchful eye of his camera for the last ten years. His video works and performances have traveled the world, most recently to Germany, Belgium, and Canada.

James Hannaham is a writer, performer, and visual artist. His novel Delicious Foods, which deals with human trafficking, won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was named one of Publisher’s Weekly’s top ten books of the year.

John Marriott is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Toronto, Canada. His works have been featured in exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally in venues such as The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto 1995, 1996), The Impakt Festival (Utrecht, 2003), 25HRS (Barcelona, 2003), The Rotterdam International Festival of Film and Video (Rotterdam, 2003), The 7a*lld International Festival of Performance Art (Toronto, 2004), The ZKM (Karlsruhe, 2004) and The Toronto Sculpture Garden (Toronto, 2006). His multiples are included in private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario and The National Gallery of Canada.