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Alice Channer, MAR108, 2012, cast pigmented polyurethane resin, 29 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 7".

Alice Channer

Lisa Cooley

Alice Channer, MAR108, 2012, cast pigmented polyurethane resin, 29 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 7".

In the annals of transformative buzzwords, “mass customization” seems particularly relevant to our moment. Coined in 1987, the term refers to the use of flexible, computerized manufacturing facilities to create products to order, enabling a firm to benefit from the efficiency and low cost of mass production while tailoring output to customers’ individual needs. The method is particularly well suited to the online marketplace: Measurements of your body—typed into, say, Levi’s online store—can be converted by adaptable machines at a distant factory into bespoke blue jeans that are then shipped, high-speed, in a FedEx box to your home. Something of this paradigm, in which seemingly unique objects are stamped with an impersonal touch, informs the work of “In Cold Blood,” Alice Channer’s show at Lisa Cooley.

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