Artist: Sam Lewitt
Venue: Miguel Abreu, New York
Exhibition Title: Casual Encounters
Date: November 9, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Installed in the gallery’s original location at 36 Orchard Street are a series of Stored Value Field Separators, works comprised of surplus magnet platters taken from hard drives during the process of their destruction in e-waste processing facilities. For these works, stored value cards, such as loyalty and credit cards, were collected from various people involved in inviting Lewitt to participate in exhibitions (including the artist himself), and inserted into the segments of the stacks. The magnetic-media in the cards used to transmit user data is made inaccessible by the adjacent magnetic forces radiating from the hard drives, creating a feedback loop of energies based on canceling and erasure rather than storage and transmission.