Specific Object is pleased to announce that our judges have named Orchard Spreadsheet, by R.H. Quaytman, the Specific Object 2009 Publication of the Year.
According to the artist, the Orchard Spreadsheet is a conceptual drawing based on the idea of a financial spreadsheet. In it Quaytman shows a complete list of Orchard's three years of programming from 2005 to 2008. Orchard was a collectively organized for profit exhibition and event space on New York's Lower East Side run by twelve partners - The spreadsheet outlines every exhibition, artist, artwork exhibited, title, date, media and price, followed by whether or not the individual work sold and if so, to who and finally, what percentage of the sale went towards Orchard's operating expenses and how much commission was earned for the seller and the artist.
The reading orientation is right to left, referencing Hebrew as is the Circumcision font used for the word Orchard. The Jewish roots of Orchard's neighborhood and previous tenants of the Orchard space in Lower Manhattan is referenced by this layout and design. R.H. Quaytman worked closely with graphic designer Geoff Kaplan who also designed her book Allegorical Decoys. The work reflects both conceptual art histories and the artist own detail oriented job as director of Orchard. Additionally it includes how much monies in dues each of the founding members contributed. It is an historic documentation of a moment, the boom times in the art industry, a record of Orchard's program, and the huge swings in market value from one artist to another, from conceptual art to painting, from film to photography and other mediums. In the end Orchard's sales just barely covered the rent.
Orchard Spreadsheet is a one-color inkjet print on 208 GRS Photorag Hahnemühle Acid Free Paper, measuring 82 x 51 inches [208 x 130 cm.]. It was published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Gent, in an edition of 10 signed and numbered copies, priced at $4,500 (plus shipping and sales tax).
A full-scale PDF of Orchard Spreadsheet may be downloaded at: