New Work

YP TOTE XXL

by Paul Chan for Badlands Unlimited

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"I made this."

- Paul Chan

This unisex bag is a postmodern homage to its Cubist and Pop ancestors. Avant-gardism is pulled into a new light, as the flimsy plastic of consumerism is solidified and expanded into thick, sturdy nylon. In this transformation, Chan bridges the gap between the analytic and synthetic—closely analyzing the subtle three-dimensionality of a real plastic bag and representing it in a new spatiotemporal field.

The bag features a monumental sign, which reads “Y.P. 99¢ & up.” Three human figures and one large cat gather around the structure in reflection of the contemporary publishing field. Oldenburgian scale exaggeration meets Warholian emphasis on the seduction of customer satisfaction and banal goods, creating a 21 st century memento mori. However, this tote proves that Gigantism is a questionable aesthetic tactic with a questionable aesthetic value. Publishing is redefined through the accessibility of a deli bag, elevating it to the untouchable realm of the hand-sewn Hermès Birkin bag.

2016

Ink and nylon

56"H x 34"W x 7"D

142.24H x 86.36W x 17.78


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Paul Chan for Badlands Unlimited

Paul Chan is a New York-based artist. A survey entitled Selected Works was mounted by Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland (April 11-October 19, 2014). His work has been exhibited widely in many international shows including: Documenta 13, Kassel, 2012; Before The Law, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 2011-12; Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2009; Medium Religion, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008; Traces du sacrê, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008; 16th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2008; 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2007; and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, 2006. Solo exhibitions include: My Laws are My Whores, The Renaissance Society and the University of Chicago, Chicago, 2009; Paul Chan: Three Easy Pieces, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, 2008; Paul Chan: The 7 Lights, Serpentine Gallery, London and New Museum, New 2007–2008; Paul Chan, Para/Site art space, Hong Kong, 2006. Chan founded Badlands Unlimited in 2010.

2016

Ink and nylon

56"H x 34"W x 7"D

142.24H x 86.36W x 17.78