The black square, once the triumphant “zero degree” of modern form, is now a screena window screen, to be exact. For “US 6318569 B1, US 8118919 B1; (Exploits),” his first solo exhibition in Paris, New Yorker Artie Vierkant secured licenses to fabricate seventy-five units of each of two United States patentsversions that adhere to the inventors’ guidelines within an established range of deviation. US 6318569 B1, Detachable Storage Rack for a Metallic Structure, is currently licensed as a commercial product: Magnarack, a spice rack that adheres to metal refrigerator doors via rare-earth magnets. In contrast, the owner of US 8118919, Air Filter and Method of Constructing Same, a technique for layering pollen-, allergy-, and UV-resistant organza fabric over window screens, is still seeking to sell it outright.
Unsurprisingly, Vierkant’s realizations of these patents are
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