Hold Nothing

Hold Nothing is a body of sculptures activated through a performance with furniture movers tracing the history of abstraction in the financial system. The show consisted of a series of chests, cabinets and a ‘transaction table’ based on pieces from the Medici Grand Ducal Furniture workshop, a group of artisans that produced furniture for the Medici family during the High Renaissance. The cabinets were not intended as function, but rather constructed to display wealth and power. During an opening night performance, furniture movers tipped the cabinets to expose their emptiness as the artist read a text about the history of financial abstraction.


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Hold Nothing is a body of sculptures activated through a performance with furniture movers tracing the history of abstraction in the financial system. The show consisted of a series of chests, cabinets and a ‘transaction table’ based on pieces from the Medici Grand Ducal Furniture workshop, a group of artisans that produced furniture for the Medici family during the High Renaissance. The cabinets were not intended as function, but rather constructed to display wealth and power. During an opening night performance, furniture movers tipped the cabinets to expose their emptiness as the artist read a text about the history of financial abstraction.

  • Hold Nothing, 2014
    ArtPace, Installation view
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Hold Nothing, 2014
    ArtPace, Installation view
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Yellow Brick Road, (after Julius Caesar), 2014
    Glazed Ceramic
    14 x 40 x 21 inches installed
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Yellow Brick Road, (after Julius Caesar), 2014
    Detail view
    Glazed Ceramic
    14 x 40 x 21 inches installed
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Yellow Brick Road, (after Julius Caesar), 2014
    Glazed Ceramic
    14 x 40 x 21 inches installed
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Yellow Brick Road, (after Julius Caesar), 2014
    Detail view
    Glazed Ceramic
    14 x 40 x 21 inches installed
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Cabinet I [After the Medici Grand Ducal Furniture Workshop], 2014
    Wood with casein paint and dye stain
    7712 x 7512 x 1612 inches
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Cabinet I [After the Medici Grand Ducal Furniture Workshop], 2014
    Wood with casein paint and dye stain
    7712 x 7512 x 1612 inches
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Cabinet II [After the Medici Grand Ducal Furniture Workshop], 2014
    Wood with casein paint and dye stain
    8012 x 7534 x 2012 inches
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Cabinet II [After the Medici Grand Ducal Furniture Workshop], 2014
    Wood with casein paint and dye stain
    8012 x 7534 x 2012 inches
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Chest [After the Medici Grand Ducal Furniture Workshop], 2014
    Wood with casein paint and dye stain
    3714 x 7514 x 30 inches
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Chest [After the Medici Grand Ducal Furniture Workshop], 2014
    Wood with casein paint, dye stain and 23kt gold leaf
    24 x 5912 x 2112 inches
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled Chest [After the Medici Grand Ducal Furniture Workshop], 2014
    Wood with casein paint, dye stain and 23kt gold leaf
    24 x 5912 x 2112 inches
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Transaction Table, 2014
    Wood with casein paint and dye stain
    3314 x 7312 x 3712 inches
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Transaction Table, 2014
    Wood with casein paint and dye stain
    3314 x 7312 x 3712 inches
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled (Roman Block/Currency), 2014
    Glazed Ceramic
    1/4 x 61 1/4 x 63 1/2 inches installed
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled (Roman Block/Currency), 2014
    Detail view
    Glazed Ceramic
    14 x 6114 x 6312 inches installed
    Photo: Mark Menjivar
  • Untitled (Roman Block/Currency), 2014
    Detail view
    Glazed Ceramic
    14 x 6114 x 6312 inches installed
    Photo: Mark Menjivar