Daniel Bouthot, La Machine Célibataire No. 2

Opening Reception: October 6th 6PM - 10PM

The Little Shamrock, 807 Lincoln Way, San Francisco CA 94122

A project curated by Marion Cousin

Services Industries is excited to present La Machine Célibataire No.2, a project by San Francisco-based artist Daniel Bouthot, installed at the first Service Industries Gallery: the Little Shamrock. La Machine Célibataire No. 2 is a sculpture that makes money. Composed of various small electronic parts displayed within a curio cabinet, the entire installation functions as a computer designed and built to produce the digital currency bitcoin. While on one level La Machine demystifies an obscure if not cult technological process, it also aims to question mysticism and value in general through making precious the apparatus by which a precious virtual commodity is created. All bitcoin earned during the exhibition of this piece within the Little Shamrock will be given to the bar’s service staff as shared tip income.

About the artist:

Daniel Bouthot is a visual artist who works in a wide range of media from sculpture and performance to videos, drawings, and prints. Recent projects explore a fascination with digital technologies and the larger historical contexts that frame their everyday use. Crafty and minimalist in aesthetic with a dry wit that aspires towards the poetic, these works attempt to ascribe an absurd quality to contemporary existence. His work has been shown locally and nationally at venues including NYCAMS Gallery in New York, The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, SOMARTS in San Francisco and internationally at Fieldgate Gallery in London and the Palazzo dei Consoli in Gubbio, Italy. He has a BFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from California College of the Arts. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.

Written by David Kasprzak — October 01, 2014