Filing system, 2012
Digitally trimmed manila file folders. Closed: 11.6 × 8.75 inches; open: 7.75 × 17.75 × 11.6 inches. Signed, dated, and numbered on verso.
I’d like to make a paper work for the box that is based on Steven’s files. The form will be a manila file folder that opens up onto another file folder. It will be a pop-up of sorts, some kind of special folding pattern where two folders seem to “contain” one another, depending on how they are opened and closed, making an infinite loop of inside-ness. My aim will be to make something special and beautiful that celebrates Steven’s attention to organizing and canonizing a part of artistic practice that is often overlooked. I visited him while I was doing research for several oddly structured books I was working on, so I feel it is fitting to apply some of what I learned during that visit to the piece I’ll make for his tribute.
Born in 1981 in San Francisco, California, Tauba Auerbach lives and works in New York. Auerbach completed her BA in Visual Art at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, graduating in 2003. Since then she has received awards such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s SECA Art Award and has been included in numerous exhibitions. She has had solo exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2012); Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2011, and traveling); and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2008). Her work has also been shown in group exhibitions including Ecstatic Alphabets, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); The Indiscipline of Painting, Tate St. Ives, England (2011, and traveling); the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010); and Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009).