The Transitive Property of Equality

 Sonya Rapoport, "The Transitive Property of Equality?" Installation view: Collages, Objects on My Dresser objects, shelves, 2016.
Sonya Rapoport, The Transitive Property of Equality, 2015. Installation view: Collages, Objects on My Dresser objects, shelves.

The Transitive Property of Equality (May, 2015) was completed during Rapoport’s artist residency at Krowswork – a center for video and visionary art – in Oakland, CA.

This 26-part collage and interactive installation represents the 12th phase of Rapoport’s Objects on My Dresser series, which originated in 1979. Short phrases from fellow resident Anne Lesley Selcer’s poem “The natural world frozen” (2014) are collaged onto selected pages from The New York Times and matched with one of the domestic objects that were the subject of Rapoport’s most ambitious and longest-running conceptual computer artworks. 

Viewers were asked to participate in the installation by selecting an object and matching it with a quote from Selcer’s poem and a page from The New York Times. They recorded their choice by placing a colored glass bead in a grid.

Completed in the final weeks of Rapoport’s life, this meditation on artmaking embodies Rapoport’s generous humor, unflinching critical eye, and fascination with categorization and matching.

Video of Anne Lesley Selcer discussing her work with gallerist Jasmine Moorhead.

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Sonya Rapoport, The Transitive Property of Equality, 2015. Installation view: Collages, Objects on My Dresser objects, shelves.
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Sonya Rapoport, The Transitive Property of Equality, 2015. Installation view: Objects on My Dresser cards, petri dishes, glass beads.
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Sonya Rapoport, The Transitive Property of Equality, 2015. Collage on New York Times pages with poem “The natural world frozen” (2014) by Anne Lesley Selcer.