Walead Beshty - Fedex Sculptures
2005 - presentBeshty's 'Fedex Sculptures' are a series of cubes made from shatterproof glass to fit the exact interior dimensions of a standard Fedex box. Each occasion the work is exhibited it is posted to the gallery using the international postal service instead of professional art couriers. As the work gets moved from Beshty's studio to the gallery and back it enevitably gets damaged en route by its handeling.
The Fedex box's precise dimensions are patented and have been described as 'a corporately owned unit of space'. As these specified unit's travel through the 'non-places' and voids of international airspace they accumulate cracks and scratches which act as a trace of the objects transit. A critical glance at the customary systems of art production and distribution, the works not only act as material representations of the processes involved in their transportation, but the number of impacts and cracks on the sculptures add their creation as much as their destruction.