Artists Space

DUOX: DUOX4Larkin

January 29 – March 18, 2012

DUOX4Larkin is the first exhibition in New York City by DUOX, a collaborative formed in 2009 by Baltimore based artists Malcolm Lomax and Daniel Wickerham. Through functional as well as metaphorical aspects of re-purposed objects, fragments of video, sculpture, digital images and printed matter, DUOX affect a vivid speculation on individual identity, and its self-conscious “design” through visual codes, physical possessions, and forms of labor.

A wide view of an installation in a large room. Four pieces are hung from the ceiling in diagonally decreasing proximity. To the right is an abstract sculptural piece. To the left stand several orange tables and two orange transparent rectangles.
DUOX: DUOX4Larkin. Installation view, Artists Space, 2012. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [A wide view of an installation in a large room. Four pieces are hung from the ceiling in diagonally decreasing proximity. To the right is an abstract sculptural piece. To the left stand several orange tables and two orange transparent rectangles.]

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 28, 2012 6 - 8pm

Dear DUOX4Larkin Directors and Managers:

I hereby reluctantly submit my resignation from my position as Lead Surrogate at DUOX4Larkin, effective January 28, 2012. As a result, all forms of identification – badges, monogrammed uniforms, and office stationery – will be returned within the next two weeks. Hopefully, the baby-proofing task that I have already performed will be considered sufficient and the new protagonist that will be birthed, whom you have named BOY’D, is exactly what you desire. In my preparatory analysis, I have validated the precedents for this protagonist: Cervantes’s Don Quixote, Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, Gaëtan Dugas as Patient Zero, James Bond, and the ensemble cast of Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday.

My time at DUOX4Larkin was a wonderful challenge. At the risk of sounding presumptuous, I would like to recommend Casper Sondar as my successor to finish the final three months of my, already brief, nine month intervention. I realize the work environment looks as though I’ve left it in disarray, but I have devised a deliberate system so that everything can continue seamlessly in my absence. It relies on three separate spaces: the incubation space, the Hub, and a site to customize your strife. Actually, I may be back for a day following my departure to see how everything has taken effect. Please let me know if I might be of further assistance.

As a parting gesture, I’ve left everyone a see-through vial with a terrycloth landing pad, a sanitizing pen, an uncommitted ID badge, and a change of clothes – well, an iron-on :)

Thank you, and the best of luck.

Debra A.K.A.
Lead Surrogate

DUOX is the collaborative name of Baltimore based artists Malcolm Lomax (born Abbeyville, South Carolina, 1986) and Daniel Wickerham (born Columbus, Ohio, 1986). Recent solo exhibitions by DUOX include Liste Exhibition, Contemporary Museum of Art, Baltimore, 2011; Break My Body, Hold My Bones, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2011; MoMT:Museum of Modern Twink, GLCCB bookstore, Baltimore, 2010; King Me, Open Space Gallery, Baltimore, 2009.

March 9, 2012

Exits to the Posthuman Future
Talk
7pm

An installation view of a large room. To the left, an orange water dispenser is seen between three columns. In the center is an abstract sculptural work. In the foreground to the right are 11 buckets with poles sticking out.
DUOX: DUOX4Larkin. Installation view, Artists Space, 2012. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [An installation view of a large room. To the left, an orange water dispenser is seen between three columns. In the center is an abstract sculptural work. In the foreground to the right are 11 buckets with poles sticking out.]
A printed image with a large number 9 is divided into rectangular pieces held together by rings. The piece is held in the air by poles at each of the four corners. The poles are mounted in silver buckets filled with multicolored objects.
DUOX: DUOX4Larkin. Installation view, Artists Space, 2012. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [A printed image with a large number 9 is divided into rectangular pieces held together by rings. The piece is held in the air by poles at each of the four corners. The poles are mounted in silver buckets filled with multicolored objects.]
A plastic surface with five wheels lies upturned on a wooden floor. On the plastic, 11 silver metal buckets with silver poles extending sit, some filled with multicolored objects. In front of the buckets is a large container of Muscle Milk in a net bag.
DUOX: DUOX4Larkin. Installation view, Artists Space, 2012. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [A plastic surface with five wheels lies upturned on a wooden floor. On the plastic, 11 silver metal buckets with silver poles extending sit, some filled with multicolored objects. In front of the buckets is a large container of Muscle Milk in a net bag.]
An orange water dispenser sits on a short metal table. The top of the dispenser has a round, glass table top around the outside with a wedge removed. A photo of a woman sits on the glass.
DUOX: DUOX4Larkin. Installation view, Artists Space, 2012. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [An orange water dispenser sits on a short metal table. The top of the dispenser has a round, glass table top around the outside with a wedge removed. A photo of a woman sits on the glass.]
An brown object is housed by a mirrored glass case with the inscription, "BRAINWASH 408-983-2800". That is enclosed in another glass case atop a white and orange table.
DUOX: DUOX4Larkin. Installation view, Artists Space, 2012. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [An brown object is housed by a mirrored glass case with the inscription, "BRAINWASH 408-983-2800". That is enclosed in another glass case atop a white and orange table.]
A glass case filled with colorful paraphernalia sits on an orange table. The case is bound lengthwise and widthwise with straps. On top of the case sits two magnifying glasses and several stacks of plastic cups.
DUOX: DUOX4Larkin. Installation view, Artists Space, 2012. Photo: Daniel Pérez. [A glass case filled with colorful paraphernalia sits on an orange table. The case is bound lengthwise and widthwise with straps. On top of the case sits two magnifying glasses and several stacks of plastic cups.]

For the publication accompanying DUOX4Larkin, Artists Space commissioned writer Tan Lin to produce a new text responding to DUOX's work. The resulting text exists in two parts: in the printed booklet available at Artists Space, and online. The web component can be viewed by clicking here.

This project is supported by The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and The Friends of Artists Space.