for sale: part of Grimes’ soul
New mother Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, aka C, is debuting her first fine art show via two virtual galleries today (5/28), Gallery Platform Los Angeles (where it runs through June 3) and Maccarone Los Angeles (where it runs through August 31), Bloomberg reports. The show is called "Selling Out," it features prints, photos, and conceptual work she's done over the past ten years. They're up for sale, as is the title piece, which Bloomberg describes as "a legal document whereby the purchaser acquires a percentage of Grimes’s soul." More from them:
When she began to conceive of Selling Out, the artwork, “I didn’t want anyone to buy it, so I said we should just make it $10 million and then it probably won’t sell.” After enlisting her lawyer to draft a contract for the sale, “the deeper we got with it, the more philosophically interesting it became,” she says. “Also, I really wanted to collaborate with my lawyer on art. The idea of fantastical art in the form of legal documents just seems very intriguing to me.”
As Covid-19 coronavirus shutdowns pushed the global economy into a recession, valuing her soul at millions of dollars became a more loaded choice than she’d originally intended. “With the current state of the world, do you want to put something up for $10 million?” she asks rhetorically. Ultimately, she settled on a price of “best offer,” leaving it up to the public to decide her worth.
Not detailed are what percentage of Grimes' soul the sale would entitle the purchaser to, or answers to any of the many ethical quandaries that come up, but I think it's reasonable to assume that someone out there is going to jump on this unique opportunity.
As for the rest of the exhibit, prints, in editions of 30, will run $500 each, and original ink drawings on paper will be priced between $2000-$3000. Prints of Grimes' "digital avatar," WarNymph, run from $5000-$15000 based on size.
"I made art 10, 12 years before I ever touched a keyboard," Grimes told Bloomberg. "I see myself as a visual artist first and foremost, and I’ve always felt strange that people know me for music."
Meanwhile, baby X Æ A-12, the child of Grimes and Elon Musk, got a slight alternation in moniker. California law prohibits the use of numbers and symbols on birth certificates, so he's now X Æ A-Xii. "Roman numerals," Grimes said on Instagram. "Looks better tbh."