Katie Chin     |     nod@katiechin.com

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Hidden Abodes

This 5-vignette installation contains 10 slip cast and queered ceramic piggy banks and ready-made/found material. The pigs are Mcguffins, a stand-in for systems of power and domination. The vignettes consider the systematic and terrific horors capitalism produces. For example the piggy bank Innovation Eats the Bacon considers the innovation cycle of capitalism. Prepositions on Foreground and Background explores Nancy Fraser’s formulation of background and foreground conditions for capitalism – how un-commodified appropriation and extraction props up commodified exploitation and alienation. The pig works are playful yet violent, hold tensional contradictions in concept and representation/abstraction.

Did you choose the rules?
Dimensions variable
Ceramic, nails, pleather, pillow, sticks, plastic, fabric, rope

Prepositions on foreground and background
35” x 21” x 35”
Ceramic, mirror, rug, mini broom

Hi there Capitalist Realism
Ceramic, sheet metal, pie cutter, slip, matches, “in case of fire” hammer, rubber, lemon, lemon squeezer, shredded employment contracts, corner measurement device, binky, cardboard, cinder block

Boundaries function if…
Ceramic, plastic, glitter stars (50 large, 5 medium, 574 small), baseball

Innovation eats the bacon
8” x 24” x 36”
Ceramic, astroturf, wood picket fence, light bulb and lighting components

“The very oppressive pervasiveness of capitalist realism means that even glimmers of alternative political and economic possibilities can have a disproportionately great effect. The tiniest event can tear a hole in the grey curtain of reaction which has marked the horizons of possibility under capitalist realism. From a situation in which nothing can happen, suddenly anything is possible again.”
- Mark Fisher