This is a Valuable Collection

September 5–October 17, 2018

Imin Yeh’s projects utilize repetitive paper handcraft and mimicry as strategies for examining issues around the unseen labor, production, and adoration that lies behind our many unconsidered everyday objects. This is a Valuable Collection replicates the model of the chained library of the Middle Ages to house every paper facsimile and sculpture made by Imin Yeh to date: the first-invented blue LED light from 1972, an author-inscribed 1893 first edition of Das Kapital, a roll of toilet paper; games; electrical hardware; even the chains themselves.

In tandem with her exhibition Yeh has also ambitiously replicated a chained scrapbook of pre-20th century prints and drawings from the Ithaca College permanent collection, an inscription from which the exhibition title has been borrowed. Guided by the creative impulse to collect and reproduce objects imbued with personal, familial, site-specific, or cultural significance, Yeh has built an obsessive archive of tenderly-duplicated copies, fakes, and forgeries. Visitors to Yeh’s library will find themselves engaged in a choreographic tangling and untangling of chains, as the objects are accessed and re-shelved throughout the exhibition

Special Events

Opening Reception: September 6, 5-7 p.m.

Artist Talk: October 4, 6 p.m.