art-codex-1Brooklyn, New York

July 21, 2007 – August 6, 2007

 

Artcodex is a group of artists who all have their own individual practice but also enjoy collaborating on larger projects. At the core of our collective practice is an investigation of contemporary social, political and economic issues. The War Show, a series of exhibitions exploring the idea of antagonistic collaboration, invited artists to duel through their artwork, and was staged in several forms: as duels between pairs of artists in Tactics at Future Prospects in Manila, Philippines; as a group attack in Invasion at Art of This in Minneapolis, MN; and as a war of history in Archive at ABC No Rio in New York City. Themes we have addressed in our projects include Native vs. Non-Native, Gentrification, Homeland Security, and Boom Town Economics. In 2007, Artcodex was invited to Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC to participate in an experimental residency, and produced a short video, The Curse of Kudzu Mountain. In Fall 2010, artcodex organized a show in Minneapolis around the themes of foreclosure and real estate. Currently, we are exploring the relevance of notions of utopia and idealism and hope to modern society through a particapatory project called Ghost Modernism.

The collective members vary from project to project. but at it core, artcodex is comprised of Vandana Jain, Mike Estabrook, Brian Higbee, Glen Einbinder, Jason Lujan and Maria Hupfield. Past collaborators have included Jenn Berklich, Ernest Concepcion, Ben Knight Emmanuel Migrino, Dormafe Baluyos-Fox, Dorothy Royale, Sarah Kipp, Mona Kamal, and David Gould.