• FAX, Installation view at Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada, 2009.

  • Matt Sheridan Smith, Untitled (contrast test), 2008.

  • FAX, Installation view at Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, 2010.

  • FAX, Installation view at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art Salt Lake City, 2012.

Curated by João Ribas

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.


João Ribas

João Ribas is Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. He was previously Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center (2009-2013) and at The Drawing Center, New York (2007-2009). Ribas is the winner of four consecutive AICA Exhibition Awards (2008–11) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010). His recent exhibitions include In the Holocene (MIT) on art, science, and speculation, and exhibitions of the work of Chris Marker, Amalia Pica, Joachim Koester, Akram Zaatari, The Otolith Group, Otto Piene, Frances Stark, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Ree Morton, among others. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Artforum, Mousse, and Art in America, and he has been a contributor to numerous catalogs and books, including Contemporary Art: From 1989 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Realism Materialism Art (Sternberg/CCS Bard, forthcoming). A visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations worldwide, he is currently a lecturer at Yale University, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).


touring schedule

Stonehouse Plymouth, United Kingdom
May 15, 2014 - June 15, 2014

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
San Francisco, CA, United States
May 4, 2012 - July 22, 2012

Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
Stony Brook, NY, United States
March 2, 2012 - June 23, 2012

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
March 2, 2012 - June 23, 2012

University of Hawaii Art Gallery
Honolulu, HI, United States
February 26, 2012 - April 15, 2012

DeVos Art Museum
Marquette, MI, United States
January 13, 2012 - February 24, 2012

South London Gallery
London, United Kingdom
September 22, 2011 - November 27, 2011

Knoxville Museum of Art
Knoxville, TN, United States
August 23, 2011 - November 6, 2011

St Paul St Gallery
Auckland, New Zealand
April 8, 2011 - April 30, 2011

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Cambridge, MA, United States
March 7, 2011 - April 10, 2011

Apex Gallery, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, SD, United States
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, NY, United States
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, CA, United States
January 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Plug In ICA
Winnipeg, Canada
December 12, 2009 - February 21, 2010

Contemporary Museum
Baltimore, MD, United States
September 12, 2009 - December 20, 2009

The Drawing Center
New York, NY, United States
April 17, 2009 - July 23, 2009

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