Surplus


Surplus: An MFA Thesis Store was a fully functioning store where consumers could purchase products in exchange for political participation. The store magnified the transactional nature of the gallery space, while also underlining the link between purchasing power and political power. The show provides a model for counteracting the myth of scarcity and competition, with that of surplus and abundance. Both the products for sale, hats and t-shirts, and the payment method, one signature on a petition outlining the need for more equitable distribution of resources within Temple University, were site specific. The hats and t-shirts were all either scavenged or purchased from bulk thrift clothing stores, and then re-branded to create Tyler School of Art merchandise. The merchandise, which is both advertisement, but also understood as a form of loyalty (school pride), could only be purchased for engagement with issues which affect the quality of life for students and staff at the institution. All the products were sold over the course of the show, generating 130 “receipts” in the form of petitions which were then hand delivered to the board of trustees of Temple University among others.



Repurposed T-Shirt
show card


Repurposed T-Shirt

Repurposed T-Shirt

Repurposed T-Shirt

photoshopped image of a construction site
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