Token Exchange


Token Exchange explores the role of the gallery as a site of exchange and opens the activity of exchange in a way that reveals the subjective value that is the measure of art. The work consists of three series of tables, each presenting a corresponding series of simple handmade tokens. One grouping is a series of small coins or discs made by pressing the artist’s thumb into a piece of black polymer clay, another is a simple crocheted chain that can be hung on the wall or worn as a necklace, and the third is a small abstract felted “pelt” of wool. The audience is invited to take a token in exchange for something that they deem to be of equal value. Token Exchange questions the assumed intrinsic monetary value of art by opening a larger range of values. Ultimately these tokens are intended to carry some sort of intangible “weight” and to float casually through the world.