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View of “Artie Vierkant,” 2013. Left: Detachable Storage Rack for a Metallic Structure 1 (Exploit), 2013. Right: Air Filter and Method of Constructing Same 6, Six Screen Ascending Blue (Exploit), 2013. (Image modified by artist.)

Artie Vierkant

New Galerie

View of “Artie Vierkant,” 2013. Left: Detachable Storage Rack for a Metallic Structure 1 (Exploit), 2013. Right: Air Filter and Method of Constructing Same 6, Six Screen Ascending Blue (Exploit), 2013. (Image modified by artist.)

The black square, once the triumphant “zero degree” of modern form, is now a screen—a 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 patents—versions 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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