Miranda July – Eleven Heavy Things


For Deitch Projects’ last New York exhibition, the gallery partnered with Miranda July to bring her sculpture series, Eleven Heavy Things, to Union Square. July, an artist, author and filmmaker, says her goal was to “do a performance without actually being there by having other people perform and create the reason for them to do that”.

July succeeded in creating a set of sculptures that seem incomplete without public interaction. Eleven Heavy Things beckon to be poked, prodded, sat on, stood under, or worn. A pedestal is engraved with the phrase, “the guilty one” and a large slab reads, “this is not the first hole my finger has been in; nor will it be the last”. July hopes that visitors will upload and share photos of themselves with Eleven Heavy Things online, adding that once the photos are uploaded, “the audience changes, and the subject clearly becomes the participants, revealing themselves through the work.”

Eleven Heavy Things is on view until October 3rd, 2010 in Union Square Park, New York City.

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