Art and architecture duo LOT-EK has a new show,↑ THIS SIDE UP ↑, on view now at New York’s Alden Projects.

The show features Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano’s new work, Foldables (2016), a series of shipping boxes—many emblazoned with brand names and commercial shipping labels—converted into laser-cut, spray-painted, wall-mounted assemblages that fit neatly into other geometric forms, a gesture towards the perpetually unfinished process of making.

Foldable #7. 2016. Laser-cut upcycled, folded cardboard boxes, sprayed acrylic, grommets, yellow string, acid free glue, and artist’s metal hanging pins mounted on wood and metal frame. Titled, signed and dated verso. 44 x 28 inches. (Courtesy the artists and Alden Projects)

Foldable #7. 2016. Laser-cut upcycled, folded cardboard boxes, sprayed acrylic, grommets, yellow string, acid free glue, and artist’s metal hanging pins mounted on wood and metal frame. Titled, signed and dated verso. 44 x 28 inches. (Courtesy the artists and Alden Projects)

“The title—THIS SIDE UP—is a shifting directional marker, indexing a manner to orient a shipped box or container. It also points like an index finger towards LOT-EK’s technique of détournement—of transposing and re-routing already given, commercial vessels for re-devised purposes,” Alden Projects explained, in a statement.

On view too is Urbanscan Atlas (2016), LOT-EK’s photographic codex of urban typologies—manholes, tanks, and shipping containers, especially shipping containers—that spark Tolla and Lignano’s creations.

↑ THIS SIDE UP ↑ runs through October 16, with an opening party tonight, September 9, from 6-8 p.m. Check out Alden Projects site for hours of operation and additional programming.

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