INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL exhibitions

FAX

Matt Sheridan Smith, Untitled (contrast test), 2008
Amanda Ross-Ho, The Cat Will Not Stop Jumping on the Desk, 2009
Yony Waite, Untitled, 2011 (new submission from South Dakota)
Installation view at Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada
Installation view at Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong
FAX is an evolving exhibition that started in New York in 2009, and continues to be reconfigured, expanded, and localized as it is presented—often simultaneously—in venues worldwide. FAX invites artists, architects, designers, scientists, and filmmakers to think of the fax machine as a drawing tool, resulting in an exhibition concerned with ideas of reproduction, obsolescence, distribution, and mediation. Through the infinitely reproducible, yet erratic outcomes of producing works via the fax machine, this show displaces traditional notions of the hand that are still commonly associated with the medium of drawing, and instead foregrounds drawing as a generative process.

The first iteration of the exhibition featured a core of works by nearly 100 artists, including seminal examples of early telecommunications art. With every new incarnation, the hosting institutions are encouraged to invite additional artists to submit works, which are then permanently added to the show. New participants submit faxes throughout the duration of the presentation using a specially designed cover sheet by Dexter Sinister. Visitors view the collection of faxes on the walls or flip through archival binders to see over 500 pages of works.

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Curator

João Ribas

João Ribas is curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and a widely published critic. He was previously curator at The Drawing Center in New York, and is the winner of three consecutive AICA Awards for Best Exhibition (2008/2009/2010) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010). He has contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogs and monographs, and has been a visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations worldwide. He was previously adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Touring Schedule

  • KARST
    Plymouth, UK
    May 15, 2014 - June 15, 2014
  • Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
    Stony Brook, New York
    March 1, 2013 - April 30, 2013
  • San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
    San Francisco, California
    May 4, 2012 - July 22, 2012
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 2, 2012 - June 23, 2012
  • University of Hawaii Art Gallery
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    February 26, 2012 - April 15, 2012
  • DeVos Art Museum
    Marquette, Michigan
    January 13, 2012 - February 24, 2012
  • South London Gallery
    London, UK
    September 22, 2011 - November 27, 2011
  • Knoxville Museum of Art
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    August 26, 2011 - November 6, 2011
  • St Paul St Gallery
    Auckland, New Zealand
    April 8, 2011 - April 30, 2011
  • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
    March 7, 2011 - April 10, 2011
  • Apex Gallery, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
    Rapid City, South Dakota
    February 15, 2011 - April 3, 2011
  • New Galerie
    Paris, France
    November 6, 2010 - December 18, 2010
  • Dowd Gallery, State University of New York, College at Cortland
    Cortland, New York
    October 7, 2010 - December 10, 2010
  • Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil
    Mexico City, Mexico
    March 24, 2010 - June 20, 2010
  • Burnaby Art Gallery
    Burnaby, Canada
    March 16, 2010 - May 23, 2010
  • Para/Site Art Space
    Hong Kong
    February 1, 2010 - March 31, 2010
  • Torrance Art Museum
    Torrance, California
    January 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010
  • Plug In ICA
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    December 12, 2009 - February 21, 2010
  • Contemporary Museum
    Baltimore, Maryland
    September 12, 2009 - December 20, 2009
  • The Drawing Center
    New York, New York
    April 17, 2009 - July 23, 2009