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Who Makes Who At Home (Tzk Edition) by Soil Thornton

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Mixed Media


Edition Size: 100 + 20 A.P.

Dimensions: 80 x 25,4 x 2.5 cm



Condition: Pristine

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For Brooklyn-based artist SoiL Thornton’s edition for TEXTE ZUR KUNST, Thornton asked to receive 120 copies of the key to the magazine’s office. They dipped each key’s blade in steel-reinforced epoxy, threaded the key onto a steel wire ring, and attached it to a steel tube that once belonged to an NYPD barrier used in crowd control. Titled “Who makes who at home,” the edition interrogates normative notions of safety and (dis)comfort, subtly asking, Who gets protected, how, and from what? Who is made to feel welcome in institutions gatekept by the dominant culture? The edition’s thoroughly steel materiality and unwieldy form are anything but warm and welcoming. And, with its cuts submerged in epoxy, this key certainly won’t open any doors.

Technique: key, steel reinforced J-B Weld epoxy, 10.2 cm long steel wire key ring, and removed galvanized steel NYPD barrier support railing



The Artist

Soil Thornton

SoiL Thornton (b. 1990) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. They graduated from Cooper Union in 2012. Thornton’s work has shown nationally and abroad, including solo exhibitions at Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UK; Essex Street, New York, NY; and Karma, New York, NY. Recent group exhibitions include: Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection, 1945 to Now, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA (2018); and Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2019).

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