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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Untitled Projects on eBay

From the Floor received a tip yesterday from old friend and recent Creative Capital grantee Conrad Bakker (website) about his latest effort—Untitled Project: eBay/Postcards/Indiana.

Bakker crafts handmade objects that resemble consumer products and then releases them into the world through distribution channels more frequently used for commodities than art: retail stores, mail order catalogues, a multilevel marketing system, and yard sales.

Bakker’s newest project, launching today, makes use of the online auction and gives eBay shoppers the chance to purchase interesting pieces of art for small change. This paragraph comes from today’s auction:

Every day during the month of March and April, a painting based upon an eBay auction photograph of a postcard that was sold from Indiana will be put up for a three-day auction on eBay in the postcard category. The painted reproductions are sized and priced according to the original eBay images and auctions (approx. 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches). As the paintings/postcards are sold, they will be shipped from the Peeler Art Center at DePauw University to the highest bidder as a genuine souvenir from Indiana.

Here’s the first item up for bid: a 1980s color postcard of the Staten Island Ferry and the Statue of Liberty.

Good luck, and happy bidding. Just don’t outbid me on the one I really want.

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