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Editor’s note: This is the second piece in a series of articles, images, interviews, and essays for the #hypersalon catalogue. The online publication accompanies Hypersalon, a weeklong series (December 2–7, 2014) of salon-style exhibitions, artist talks, and conversations on the conditions of networked culture in contemporary art.


Wrapped Terracotta neck-amphora (storage jar)
Attributed to the New York Nettos Painter
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Period: Proto-Attic
Date: second quarter of the 7th century B.C.
Culture: Greek, Attic
Medium: Terracotta
Dimensions: H. 42 3/4 in. (108.6 cm); diameter 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Classification: Vases
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number: 11.210.1
Year: 2014


Inkjet on linen, foam


“Wrapped Terracotta neck-amphora (storage jar)” (2014) is a sculpture that is neither an object nor an image. Valla used digital 3D capture to reproduce a 7th-century Greek amphora on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To highlight the artifacts produced by computer vision the completed reproduction is broken down into its constituent parts: a flat image wrapped around a 3D volume. The resulting sculpture echoes the packing of objects for storage and shipping, transitory moments when only an object’s image is accessible. The image ends up serving as surrogate for the sculpture underneath.

Image courtesy XPO Gallery

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Clement Valla

Clement Valla is Brooklyn-based artist. His recent solo show Surface Survey at Transfer Gallery in New York was an Artforum Critic’s Pick. His work was included in the “Paddles On!”...