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Nowadays, artists are more likely to work with found materials than build something from scratch. Modify, As Needed, a new group show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, corrals 11 international artists who mischievously transgress traditional construction and dissemination. Instead they sophisticatedly shift from creating to editing. The provocative exhibit highlights their ruminations in the fields of art, film, media, fashion, architecture, and other realms. The artists subtle and nuanced interventions investigate how we digest culture as a society. Most of the shows participants created works specifically for the project, including Brazilian artist Amilcar Packer, who fenced off an empty lot with found materials and is hosting small happenings in the enclosed space. Norways Anders Smebye ups the ante with an installation of improvised concrete barbells typically found in outdoor DIY gyms, while Peruvian artist José Carlos Martinat stripped a wall at MOCA via a method he invented to remove and preserve public graffiti. Though the artists tackle their practices from divergent views, many of the works on display disrupt notions of authorship.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 22. Continues through Nov. 13, 2011