Artist Artie Vierkant was born 1986 in Breinerd, MN. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with an MFA at the University of California. He now lives and works in New York.
Vierkant makes art that is centered upon the importance of representation across media. This is evidenced throughout his practice, whether in the documentation or the process of creating his works. The interaction between physical and digital entities propagates debates related to both the development of art in a “post-internet” age and to its contemporaneous Intellectual Property rights.
In 2013, Vierkant began investigating laws around the authorship of intellectual property in his series “Exploits.” The first show, “US 6318569 B1, US 8118919 B1; (Exploits),” featured two inventions Vierkant licensed from their patent holders and incorporated into works. A later show at Higher Pictures gallery in New York aimed to merge “Exploits” and “Image Objects,” but fell through when Polaroid, the corporation Vierkant was working with, failed to grant usage rights. Although the works were on view at the gallery for a month, the company name is now written as “[redacted]” on his and Higher Pictures’s website, and in installation views the artwork is methodically blurred out, instead of cheekily distorted as per Vierkant’s typical style.
This month, he has two separate solo shows opening with the single gallery entity Mesler/Feuer and Feuer/Mesler. For one, his fourth “Image Objects” show since the series’ debut at Reference Gallery in 2010, Vierkant is taking the installation view photographs from past shows and phasing them into the physical works. The other show, “AN ON MO SA NS,” continues his consideration of intellectual property, this time broaching the legalities of patented genetic material. Clearly not one to shy away from a challenge, he has taken on the agro-giant Monsanto, obtaining GMO seeds which he is “sowing” into resin canvases.