The Exquisite Gift Shop

Drawing from a range of references including the surrealist idea of Exquisite Corpse, the absurdist ‘anti-art’ of Fluxus and Dada, and the tenets of Bread & Puppet’s Cheap Art Manifesto, the Exquisite Gift Shop is an open-ended structure for collaborating with others and presenting ideas. The shop takes the form of art installation, but the value of the pieces (products or concepts) there within are in the exchange, process, interaction, and stories that accompany the objects.

The Gift Shop was realized at Otterbein University in February 2014, thanks to a visiting artist Enrichment Grant and the wholehearted collaboration of professors Jon Johnson and Terry Hermsen and their students.

Extended documentation on Tumblr

Created collaboratively with John Engelbrecht.