Unsolicited Fabrications: Shareware Sculptures
Stephanie Syjuco creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Using critical wit and collaborative co-creation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2014) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant (2009). She is featured in Season 9 of the acclaimed PBS documentary series Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century. Recent exhibitions include Being: New Photography 2018 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Public Knowledge, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Disrupting Craft: the 2018 Renwick Invitational at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Born in the Philippines, Syjuco received an MFA from Stanford University and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in Oakland, CA.
Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2009
I work in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing and social practice projects. These projects explore the tension between the authentic and the counterfeit, challenging deep-seated assumptions about history, race, and labor.”