Be My Valentine

February 1 – 14, 2018

Mike Kelley, Little Friend

Mike Kelley 
Little Friend, 2007
plush toy with plastic eyes, felt hands and feet, cardboard box, sound box that speaks 20 different phrases, including “Hurt Me, I Don’t Mind!” and “Do You Really Love Me?” in random order when squeezed, and “Important Care & Feeding info for your new Little Friend” sheet, unnumbered edition of 800

$ 1,600

Damien Hirst 
Pfizer Vgr 100mg (Baby Pink), 2014
polyurethane resin with ink pigment in original box, numbered, signed and dated in the cast, 25/30
Be My Valentine Special Price
**$ 4,995** 

John Waters
The Girls, 2003
set of 3 porcelain plates each in original box, signed and numbered on the back of each plate, Adora Porcelain, New York,19/300

$ 2,500

Ben Vautier
this box contains a diamond
Malle A Bijoux Louis Vuitton (Louis Vuitton Jewelry Box), 1989
cardboard jewelry box with pin stamped “LV,” containing three multiples: inclusion/ accumulation brooch by Arman Fernandez in resin, a pendant “Mystery Box” with a pebble inside titled, this box contains a diamond by Ben Vautier and one compression brooch by Baldaccini Cesar, signed, 60/850

$ 2,000 

Gilbert and George
Human, Open Mouths, Naked Buttons from Shitty Naked Human World Series, ca 1994
3- metal buttons with safety pin fasteners

$ 100

Carroll Dunham
Thought Process, 2013
stapled 64 pp paperback in which the expressive lines and shapes in Dunham's drawings are blown up, re-coloured, shifted and then arranged as a somewhat loose narrative, signed by the artist on the cover, unnumbered edition of 1,500

$ 75

Keith Haring in collaboration with Brion Gysin
Fault Lines, 1986
hardcover, oblong quarto printed on Rives Rag Paper; 52 full-page illustrations in black and white of drawings by Keith Haring and accompanying text of material censored from Gysin's The Last Museum, signed by Keith Haring and stamped with the posthumous signature of Brion Gysin, 18/200

$ 2,250

Catherine Opie
Dyke Deck, ca 1990-1995
screen printed photographs on a complete deck of playing cards with the four card suits depicted as couples being hearts, jocks being clubs, femmes being diamonds and butches being spades, plus trifold instruction sheet signed and dated by the artist, housed in a clear plastic case stamped “Dyke Deck, Cathy Opie - Playing Cards, MOCA”
$ 550 

Eduardo Kac,  50, Alternate Projects

Eduardo Kac
50, 2012/2017
laser-etched x-ray film, signed, HC from an edition of 30 + 3 HC

$ 500

Terence Koh
colophon card featuring unique charred drawing 
Such Things I Do to Make Myself More Attractive to You, 2006
blind-stamped black box containing 3 black stapled booklets, bed of black jellybeans, original black plaster sculpture coated with black glitter, and the colophon card, signed, published by Printed Matter, unnumbered edition of 200

$ 950

Jenny Holzer, Artists’ Bookplates
Jenny Holzer (1950-)
Expiring For Love Is Beautiful But Stupid bookplate 
Artists’ Bookplates, 1992
loose leaves offset-printed in silver with black type on acid-free paper in a gray archival document box with colophon sheet, signed and numbered by the artist on first bookplate, published by Printed Matter, NY, 70/100

Press Release

Alternate Projects presents the online exhibition Be My Valentine featuring iconic selections for you and yours. Pieces include Mike Kelley’s fury and quite chatty Little Friend who says things like “Hurt Me, I Don’t Mind!” and “Do You Really Love Me?” and Damien Hirst’s cast resin pharmaceuticals, the highlight being Pfizer Vgr 100mg (Baby Pink) perfect for the holiday of love. How fitting that for Hirst: “Pills are a brilliant little form, better than any minimalist art. They’re all designed to make you buy them… they come out of flowers, plants, things from the ground, and they make you feel good, you know, to just have a pill, to feel beauty.” AND they are offered at a special Be My Valentine price of $4,995 USD each!!!! So close to John Water’s heart are The Girls- Tina, Kim, and Kathy. It’s all love with those sparkling eyes and dramatic personalities whose images are each captured on a porcelain “souvenir” plate suitable for hanging. Diamonds are the symbol of love and Ben Vautier offers a box with a diamond in it, one of 3 wearable “jewels” in Malle A Bijoux Louis Vuitton (Louis Vuitton Jewelry Box). Also wearable are 3 Gilbert and George buttons from their Shitty Naked Human World Series. With images of male nudes also come those of the female in Carroll Dunham’s highly expressive soft cover book Thought Process. And in Fault Lines, one gets not only a book of censored material from Brion Gysin’s The Last Museum but accompanying illustrations by Keith Haring- it’s all about love. Who doesn’t enjoy a good card game on this most romantic of holidays? Try Catherine Opie’s Dyke Deck with an instruction sheet outlining “Poke-Her Etiquette,” ”Poke-Her-Games” and ”Poke-Her-Card Ranking.”  The words in Eduarod Kac’s poem 50 find expression as they are outlined in the EKG lines moving across the film and Terrence Koh’s layered Such Things I do to make Myself More Attractive to You speaks both of love and love lost. Finally, let’s be real, per a Jenny Holzer Truism, “Expiring for love is beautiful but stupid.”