Oct 4th 2010

Chris Cuellar is a Los Angeles (previously Chicago) based new-media artist, writer and provocateur. His works occupy various media simultaneously including www, installation, social-media and printed texts. His pieces, occasionally brain-busting but often conceptually simple, deal with themes of digital identity, distribution of information, labor, spam, networks and telepresence in a way that never fails to incite a re-evaluation of these issues. He has worked and performed for the Austin New Music Co-op in Austin, TX; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hyde Park Art Center; the Red Rover Reading Series in Chicago; and Diapason Gallery in Brooklyn.

Chris Cuellar will be presenting on a series he recently organized for the Art21 blog where he transformed the guest column into “a practical art-making resource” as well as a “vehicle for the un-distribution of existing works.” He asked a small group of artists to give away their secrets in the form of online tutorials. “Each how-to is meant to give the reader enough information to accurately reproduce the project presented.” Furthermore, “in order to reduce issues of artistic ownership, each artist’s contribution has been more or less ‘anonymized’ before posting, with as many overt references to the the individual artist or original project removed as possible.” Cuellar asks why display a work when you can use a work? Why distribute copies when you can distribute a process? “Why buy a work, when you can just make it yourself?”

Read more about the series and view the tutorials on the art21 blog (http://blog.art21.org/author/chris-cuellar/), and Upgrade! Chicago at http://upgradechicago.org/.

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