David Horvitz
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Drugstore Beetle, 2010. An edition of 30 exhibitions were made, containing small works by the 27 artists. They were all bound in a four-flap, an archival enclosure used in libraries for the purpose of shelving loose prints. An ISBN was purchased for the exhibition. Meta-data was also inputted into WorldCat, the cataloging database librarians use to input and retrieve a publicationŐs information. With the exhibitionŐs meta-data existing in two digital databases, all thirty of them were sent to libraries around the world through the transaction of a book-donation (they were all made to exist, initially, as gifts, and only as gifts). The idea was that, since they were already legitimately placed in the two widely used digital systems, that they would slip with ease into the respective libraryŐs collection. If accepted, they become subject to the rules and regulations of the library. Some may circulate, some may be held in special collections that are only accessible by appointment (where they can be handled with white gloves and looked at in the surrounding silence of the library). Some libraries may allow them to go on loan, making them an exhibition-ready-to-be-checked-out-and-displayed. Or, in the cases where they may be refused admittance, they may disappear, like the used-book with no place to go that one finds in the discarded-pile at a library sale. See: http://drugstorebeetle.wordpress.com/