If This, Then What  stems from Wallace's interest in the speed and spectacle of production and distribution systems and their impact on society. If This, Then What is a conditional statement where "This" is a hypothesis and "What" is a conclusion. It's also a deductive reason that the speed of society may create even larger glitches and crashes than we see today.   

 

Wallace's works arrive to us out of a glitch he is creating in a production process. In a series of subtly transformed shipping boxes the artist completed in 2016, he laser cuts anodyne statements onto cardboard boxes to expose errors where the ad space on the outside of the box may have been hijacked in the production process (Culture, Hope, Get Big Fast , etc.). From a distance, the text on the boxes looks as if it was printed on the surface, but upon closer inspection, one can peek inside an empty box through the laser cut images. Through the transformed empty shipping boxes, Wallace raises questions about the invisible labor in the extensive systems behind rapid commodification and convenience. He also explores our growing reliance on storage and information containment, physical space and identity. Through shipping the boxes via USPS to direct locations, Wallace wanted to explore the process of shipping as the boxes were transformed by the markings they collected along their journey. Wallace is an artist of intervention - putting objects into the expansive production and distribution apparatus to see what happens - much like the way technology itself intervenes into our daily lives, at times creating glitches we have to deal with.  

 

BRETT WALLACE
BM-i1-3_2016 (culture), 2016
Inkjet archival digital prints (mounted and framed)
13 x 25 in
(33.02h x 63.5w cm)
2 of 5
BW019
 
 

Brett Wallace, If This, Then What, installation view at ART 3

Brett Wallace, If This, Then What, installation view at ART 3

Brett Wallace, If This, Then What, installation view at ART 3

Brett Wallace, If This, Then What, installation view at ART 3

BRETT WALLACE, IF THIS THEN WHAT, Installation 

 

Brett Wallace, If This, Then What, installation view at ART 3

Brett Wallace, If This, Then What, installation view at ART 3

Brett Wallace, If This, Then What, installation view at ART 3

Brett Wallace, If This, Then What, installation view at ART 3

BRETT WALLACE
BS-il-5_2015, 2015
Mixed media on wood, paper, Lucite with stainless steel
60 x 36 x 12 in
(152.4h x 91.44w x 30.48d cm)
BW004

Installation View

BRETT WALLACE, IF THIS, THEN WHAT

Brett Wallace

BS-i2-1.0_2016

Mixed Media, 2016

54 x 24.5 x 12 in.

BW033

 

Installation View

BRETT WALLACE, IF THIS, THEN WHAT

Installation View

BRETT WALLACE, IF THIS, THEN WHAT

BRETT WALLACE
BC-il-ll_2014, 2014
Inkjet print on wood
24 x 21 x 2 in
(60.96h x 53.34w x 5.08d cm)
BW001
BRETT WALLACE
BM-i1-11_2016
approx 6 mn Video loop on USB flash drive, monitor, circuit board (mounted on wood panel)
12 x 12 x 2 in
(30.48h x 30.48w x 5.08d cm)
BW030
BRETT WALLACE
CULTURE, 2016
Laser cut cardboard box, tape, paper
4.25 x 9.25 x 7 in
(10.8h x 23.5w x 17.78d cm)
BW020
BRETT WALLACE
GIVE UP HOPE, 2016
Laser cut cardboard box, tape, paper
11 x 20.25 x 14.25 in
(27.94h x 51.44w x 36.2d cm)
BW025

BRETT WALLACE IF THIS, THEN WHAT

October 3 – November 6, 2016

With, IF THIS THEN WHAT, Wallace has laser cut anodyne statements cut into cardboard shipping boxes to expose a glitch where the ad space on the box may have been hijacked in the production process. Wallace sent laser cut boxes to direct locations where the USPS shipping process transformed them by the physical markings they collected. In this way, he expands the audience of the work questions where art exists in the dominant culture. In his installations and relief sculptures Wallace references technological growth and entropy, information containment and storage, and interface design from Instagram to Pac-Man. His process ingests information found in Internet web pages and pushes it through laser cutters or computer numerical control (CNC) machines to physically cut material from information.  In a series of videos, he leverages open source code to convert Raspberry Pi devices into video loopers of assembled footage from distribution centers to motorcycle crashes. The devices frame information as a commodity and raise questions about the risk and spectacle involved in cultural production.

Press

Hyperallergic Brett Wallace | Spring Break Is an Oasis for Art Fair Haters by Hrag Vartanian
ART NEWS In Seventh Edition Spring/Break, Strange as Ever, Responds to World’s Tense Cultural Climate by Alex Greenberger and Claire Selvin
NEW INC (The NEW MUSEUM Cultural Incubator) BRETT WALLACE PART-TIME MEMBER (Sept 2017 - 2018)
ARTCRITICAL Fulfillment Centers: Brett Wallace at ART 3 by Roman Kalinovski
November 14, 2016
BRETT WALLACE Official Website for AMAZING SHIPPING Gift Shop
VELLUM No 16 Summer 2016