Taryn Simon, ‘Black Square XIII. “The Liberator” is a 3D-printed handgun, printed on the MakerBot Replicator 1, in New York, NY on July 12, 2013, using black ABS plastic. Print time: 9 hours, 48 minutes. The online blueprints for the gun were downloaded over 100,000 times before the U.S. State Department demanded their removal from the creator’s website.’, 2006, Gagosian
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Black Square XIII. “The Liberator” is a 3D-printed handgun, printed on the MakerBot Replicator 1, in New York, NY on July 12, 2013, using black ABS plastic. Print time: 9 hours, 48 minutes. The online blueprints for the gun were downloaded over 100,000 times before the U.S. State Department demanded their removal from the creator’s website., 2006

Archival inkjet print
31 3/4 × 31 3/4 in
80.6 × 80.6 cm
Edition of 5 + 2AP
Location
New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Central, Hong Kong
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© Taryn Simon. Courtesy Gagosian.
Taryn Simon
American, b. 1975
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Conceptual artist Taryn Simon’s photographs and accompanied writing are the result of a long process of research and investigation. For her 2011 work A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, produced over a four-year period, Simon traveled around the world collecting stories and images that mapped the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. Her work Contraband (2010) presented 1,075 images of items that were detained or seized from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad. An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007), revealed objects, sites, and spaces that are integral to America's foundation or daily functioning but remain inaccessible or unknown to the public audience, including a nuclear waste storage facility, a braille edition of Playboy, and the art collection of the CIA. Equally concerned with formalism and realism, Simon seeks seductive images of inaccessible and unrecognized, but symbolic, subjects, and maintains a diverse practice that extends to film, sculpture, and performance.

Taryn Simon, ‘Black Square XIII. “The Liberator” is a 3D-printed handgun, printed on the MakerBot Replicator 1, in New York, NY on July 12, 2013, using black ABS plastic. Print time: 9 hours, 48 minutes. The online blueprints for the gun were downloaded over 100,000 times before the U.S. State Department demanded their removal from the creator’s website.’, 2006, Gagosian
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About the work
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© Taryn Simon. Courtesy Gagosian.
Taryn Simon
American, b. 1975
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Conceptual artist Taryn Simon’s photographs and accompanied writing are the result of a long process of research and investigation. For her 2011 work A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, produced over a four-year period, Simon traveled around the world collecting stories and images that mapped the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. Her work Contraband (2010) presented 1,075 images of items that were detained or seized from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad. An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007), revealed objects, sites, and spaces that are integral to America's foundation or daily functioning but remain inaccessible or unknown to the public audience, including a nuclear waste storage facility, a braille edition of Playboy, and the art collection of the CIA. Equally concerned with formalism and realism, Simon seeks seductive images of inaccessible and unrecognized, but symbolic, subjects, and maintains a diverse practice that extends to film, sculpture, and performance.

Taryn Simon

Black Square XIII. “The Liberator” is a 3D-printed handgun, printed on the MakerBot Replicator 1, in New York, NY on July 12, 2013, using black ABS plastic. Print time: 9 hours, 48 minutes. The online blueprints for the gun were downloaded over 100,000 times before the U.S. State Department demanded their removal from the creator’s website., 2006

Archival inkjet print
31 3/4 × 31 3/4 in
80.6 × 80.6 cm
Edition of 5 + 2AP
Location
New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Central, Hong Kong
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