À la carte by Mark Justiniani
For Bazaar Art Jakarta, Mark Justiniani playfully constructs juxtapositions of exchange in “A la carte.” A wooden cart, usually seen in the circus or the streets displaying food, is set against depictions of wealth. All goods are enclosed in glass, creating a sense of luxury while putting under examination our definitions of worth.
With the use of infinities, a multiplication of images, as well as their respective values, are paraded in an enclosed space of opulence that is the art fair. This assembly of oppositions is meant to reflect each other. Its differences and similarities highlight the intersections made among typically separate figures. Strategically situated, there is a loss of distinction between the street and the stage. It is an ironic merging, an invitation to question the conventional and customary understandings of the market. The simple and mundane stand in contrast and in comparison to the grandiose and resplendent, shaking into unease the towering hierarchy of value.