Token Exchange, 2009

“Token Exchange” explores the role of the gallery as a site of exchange and opens up the activity of exchange in a way that reveals the subjective value that is the true measure of art.  The work consists of three series of  table- like trays each presenting a corresponding series of simple hand made tokens.  One grouping  is a series of small round handmade 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” calls into question the assumed intrinsic monetary value of art by touching upon a larger range of values.  Ultimatley these tokens are intended to carry some sort of intangible “weight” and to float casually through the world.