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Conceived in 1993 with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, “do it” asked, “What would happen if an exhibition never stopped?” The concept of a show made from written instructions by artists challenged traditional exhibition formats, questioned authorship, and proved how art can exist beyond gallery spaces. Since the project was launched, new versions were created, including “do it (museum),” “do it (tv),” and “do it (school).”
“do it (home)” was imagined in 1995 by Obrist and produced by ICI, consisting of a set of instructions from artists like Etel Adnan, Jimmie Durham, Simone Forti, Liam Gillick, Thao Nguyen Phan, Marjetica Potrc, Christodoulos Panayiotou, and more, for projects that could be done from home. Over the past several months, the concept felt like an opportunity for people experiencing social distancing and isolation to be immersed in the artist’s universe and create artwork on their behalf.
For its fall alumni exhibition, YoungArts asked 29 artists across nine disciplines to participate in “do it (home)”, including Priscilla Aleman, Demetri Burke, Lori Hepner, Ameya Okamoto, Taylor Yingshi, Kevin Sherwin, and Adam Larson. The resulting works debuted last week, and are on view online now at youngarts.org.