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?” Installation view: Collages, Objects on My Dresser objects, shelves, 2016.

“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” (2014) are collaged onto selected pages from The New York Times and matched with a domestic object on a shelf.

Viewers were asked to participate in the installation by selecting an object and matching it with a poetic phrase and a page from the New York Times. They were asked to record 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.

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Sonya Rapoport, “The Transitive Property of Equality?” Installation view: Collages, Objects on My Dresser objects, shelves, 2016.
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Sonya Rapoport, “The Transitive Property of Equality?” Installation view: Objects on My Dresser cards, petri dishes, glass beads, 2016.
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Sonya Rapoport, “The Transitive Property of Equality?” Installation view: interactive installation with light box, well plates, glass beads, and photocopies, 2016. With Farley Gwazda.
 Sonya Rapoport, "The Transitive Property of Equality?" Installation view: Collages, Objects on My Dresser objects, shelves, 2016.
Sonya Rapoport, “The Transitive Property of Equality?” Installation view: Collages, Objects on My Dresser objects, shelves, 2016.
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Sonya Rapoport, “The Transitive Property of Equality?”, 2015, Collage on New York Times pages with poem “The natural world frozen” by Anne Lesley Selcer.