M.M.S. (Much. More. Shit.)

M.M.S. (Much. More. Shit.)

M.M.S.#1 (Much. More. Shit.) is finally in our hands ready to ship out to those who pre-ordered and the ones who are fast enough to purchase one of the last few boxes containing 12 new art pieces by 12 world-renowned artists. Scroll to read more about the project, the artists, and their contributions. 

M.M.S. is a unique art project offering everyone the opportunity to collect artworks by 12 of the greatest artists of our time. Made to fit a specially customized and sustainably produced design box, the artworks span all possible media from sound, performance, sculpture and installation, among others.

The box is sold for €200 (excl. VAT and shipping) with a NEW edition artwork by each of these artists: Alexander Tovborg, Alicja Kwade, Daniel Buren, Hesselholdt & Mejlvang, Jenny Holzer, Jeppe Hein, Katharina Grosse, Martin Creed, Monster Chetwynd, Nico Vascellari, Tania Bruguera and Tosh Basco (FKA Boychild).

About

M.M.S. is a tribute to – and our interpretation of – S.M.S. (the acronym for Shit.Must.Stop.) – a mail art project initiated in 1968 by two NYC-based artists and dealers, William Copley and Dimitri Petrov. The premise was the same: making a box with different artworks shipped to people’s home via the post. 

Fun, bold and yet visionary, S.M.S. sought to criticize the increasing prices in the 1960s art market when too much shit was produced for too few people!

M.M.S. is undoubtedly one of Creator Projects’ dreamed ventures through which we indeed produced more art (and shit!) yet to reach a broader public and create new experiences.

Thus, M.M.S. could be called ‘experimental’ to open up unpaved ways for art to be a source for inspiration to people who might either keep these artworks in a collection or use them as consumption objects.

 

Vision

For some years, we reflected on how the art that we see in museums and art fairs could become affordable to a broader audience. When the pandemic hit and the world entered into lockdown, these concerns became imperative because many understood how essential it is to experience art. 

Suddenly, mailing artworks directly to a person’s home seemed the most effective way for art to reach people when festivals, museums, and fairs were closed. This is what we are doing! 

M.M.S. is a self-financed project, and we will invest all the profits from the pre-sale in producing the artworks for the box. Further profits from the M.M.S.#1 portfolio’s sale will be reinvested in the next edition of M.M.S.#2 and our publishing house, Roulette Russe. Stayh tuned about the upcoming editions, as we are already cooking up the next round of M.M.S.!

 

Artistic contributions

Alexander Tovborg

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Alexander Tovborg contributed a series of ‘altar’ or ‘communion’ breads to M.M.S.#1. Each altar bread features an original drawing by the artist printed onto its surface, called Dea Madonna. The drawing depicts a Madonna with child, in which the Madonna holds a baby girl in her arms, rather than a baby boy. The bread, which represents the Holy Communion in Christianity, becomes the means for a new kind of communion, where women are represented as both Holy and the givers of new life and beginnings. The breads are produced at Ostificio Domus, a specialist altar bread bakery in southern Italy.

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Alicja Kwade

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Continuing the artist’s ongoing investigation into the subjective perception and understanding of reality and social agreements such as time and space, Alicja Kwade contributed a number of brass clock hands. For the site-specific work, the collector integrates the bare walls of a room into the work and arranges the clock hands at eye level in consecutive order along the wall. Each clock hand represents one hour, through which one can literally measure space in time. Contained within a small box, the artwork is accompanied by an instruction manual which will give directions on installing the work.

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Daniel Buren

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Known for the use of repeated 8.7 cm stripes in his work, Daniel Buren created a set of white and colored wooden square parallelograms (8.7 cm * 8.7 cm * 1.5 cm) for his contribution to M.M.S.#1. The magnet fixed on one side will allow the parallelograms to be juxtaposed and become a playful sculpture.

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Hesselholdt & Mejlvang

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Hesselholdt & Mejlvang contributed a white embroidered handkerchief which will display the statement The hopelessness of hope in their own handwriting. Commenting on the current global situation of Covid-19, Hesselholdt & Mejlvang’s work reflects on contrasting feelings of hope, despair and resilience.

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Jenny Holzer

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Jenny Holzer’s work uses language to attend to things social and political. For M.M.S.#1, she contributed custom-made condoms featuring a Walt Whitman fragment, TENDERLY I WILL USE YOU, that appears on pavers she designed for the New York City AIDS Memorial. The statement is a call for people to love one another regardless of differences with care and respect. Each box will include ten condoms providing an option to enact the message while keeping a few condoms as art objects.

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Jeppe Hein

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Inspired by one of his first watercolours, which depicted a pair of red socks, Jeppe Hein created a pair of custom-designed red socks made of recycled and organic materials for his contribution to M.M.S.#1. For Hein, who wore only red socks for over a year, the colour red corresponds to both the colour of the earth and the red root chakra. Therefore, red socks act as a reminder to stay grounded, positive and present in the world, right here and right now. The words RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW will be written in blue – another colour that plays a major role in his artistic work – on the ends of the left and right socks respectively, further aiding the wearer in feeling rooted and present.

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Katharina Grosse

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Katharina Grosse is known for her large-scale paintings, spraying unmixed colors directly across objects, architectural structures or landscapes. For M.M.S.#1, Grosse contributed a unique, miniature sculpture for each box. Grosse has made the works by crumpling up pieces of high-quality paper, hanging them on the wall and then spray-painting them resulting in every work being unique in colour and form.

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Martin Creed

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Martin Creed contributed a score of One Minute On A Piano, Work No. 3482 which also features on a vinyl record alongside another new work, Becoming One, Work No. 3483.

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Monster Chetwynd

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Monster Chetwynd often creates her own handmade costumes and props for her thought-provoking, exuberant performances. For her contribution to M.M.S.#1, Chetwynd has designed a tiara made for all genders and all agendas. Decorated with bats rather than gems and flowers, Chetwynd hopes the tiara will bring an aura of pagan mysticism to everyday life and invites people to wear it or simply keep as an ornament.

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Nico Vascellari

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Nico Vascellari contributed a custom-designed scratch card to M.M.S.#1. The scratch cards will award one recipient an edition work by Vascellari. Through this project, Vascellari continues his ongoing commitment to challenging the art market and its structural mechanism of exclusivity and limited accessibility. His work focuses on constructing a sense of collectivity between M.M.S. buyers based on mutual trust and support. Every person who has bought a box has mutually agreed that they will help someone else be lucky enough to scratch a winning card through their purchase.

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Tania Bruguera

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Tania Bruguera is known for her activistic art practice that exposes political structures to the intrinsic injustices perpetrated. For her contribution to M.M.S.#1, Bruguera has designed a wash cloth, which features the written statement SPEAK FREE embroidered in the cloth. With this artwork, Bruguera comments on the importance of freedom of speech – our thoughts should be heard beyond any sort of impediment.

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Tosh Basco

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Tosh Basco’s contribution continues the artist’s collaborative and performative practice. For M.M.S.#1, Basco contributed a photograph that also functions as a postcard and a gift. The recipient will be given the option of participating in a performative act by sending the postcard to someone else. By inviting recipients to participate in the work and let it free from being possessed, the artwork stays alive and is ever-changing.

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About the artists

Alexander Tovborg

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Alexander Tovborg (b. 1983, Denmark) explores the roles that history, mythology and religion play in human identity and the world we inhabit. His research into the origins and contemporary iterations of symbology, mysticism, and religious archetypes has yielded varied bodies of work and expressions.

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Alicja Kwade

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Alicja Kwade (b. 1979, Poland) lives and works in Berlin. Her work investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society and reflects on our perceptual habits in our everyday life. Her diverse practice is based around concepts of space, time, science and philosophy, and takes shape in sculptural objects, public installations, video and even photography.

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Daniel Buren

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Daniel Buren was born in 1938 in Paris. He lives and works in situ.

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Hesselholdt & Mejlvang

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Hesselholdt & Mejlvang (b. 1974 and 1976, Denmark) are a Danish artist duo who began working as a collective in 1999. Their practice is focused on site-specific, large-scale installations that investigate concepts of collective identity, and how these inform and are affected by socio-political structures. Rooted in extensive research as an integral modus operandi, their work often incorporates performance and active use of the public space.

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Jenny Holzer

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Jenny Holzer (b. 1950, USA) has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Her medium, whether a T-shirt, plaque, or LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to her work. Starting in the 1970s with New York City street posters and continuing through her light projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor and kindness.

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Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein (b. 1974, Denmark) is wide Read more...

Jeppe Hein (b. 1974, Denmark) is widely known for his production of experiential and interactive artworks that can be positioned at the junction where art, architecture, and technical inventions intersect. Unique in their formal simplicity and notable for their frequent use of humour, his works engage in a lively dialogue with the traditions of Minimalist sculpture and Conceptual art of the 1970s. Hein’s works often feature surprising and captivating elements which place spectators at the centre of events and focus on their experience and perception of the surrounding space.

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Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse (b. 1961, Germany) h Read more...

Katharina Grosse (b. 1961, Germany) has gained international reputation mainly with her large-scale site-related paintings, where she sprays unmixed colours directly across any kind of materials, across objects, interiors, entire buildings or even landscapes.

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Martin Creed

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Martin Creed (b. 1968, UK) graduated from the acclaimed Slade School of Art at University College London in 1990, and in 2001 he won the prestigious Turner Prize with ‘Work No. 227: The lights going on and off’. His work includes films, installations, paintings, theatre and live-action sculptures.

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Monster Chetwynd

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Monster Chetwynd (b. 1973, UK) is known for her exuberant performance pieces, featuring handmade costumes, props and sets. Chetwynd describes her work as ‘impatiently made’, often reusing everyday materials that are easy to process and use by the many performers she invites to participate, emphasizing the notion of collective development that informs much of the artist’s work.

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Nico Vascellari

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Nico Vascellari (b. 1976, Italy) lives and works in Rome. His work is constantly bridging between diverse and heterogeneous mediums, such as performance, sculpture, video art, large multimedia bodies of works mainly investigating on the relationship between nature and men. His approach aims to reach and entangle with hybrid social layers, always meaning to stimulate a dialogue between his art and a varied range of audience.

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Tania Bruguera

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Tania Bruguera (b. 1968, Cuba) is an artist and activist whose performances and installations examine political power structures and their effect on society’s most vulnerable people. Her long-term projects have been intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education and politics.

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Tosh Basco

Through performance, photography and Read more...

Through performance, photography and drawing Tosh Basco (b. 1988, USA) mitigates the space where language, representation and becoming exist as seemingly discrete entities. Her improvisational movement-based work under the name boychild arose from the underground drag scene in San Francisco. She is co-founder of the collaborative entity Moved by the Motion with Wu Tsang and collaboration remains a vital aspect to her work.

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M.M.S. (Much. More. Shit.) is a tribute to the 1968 mail art project S.M.S. (Shit. Must. Stop)

Through the creation of M.M.S., Creator Projects aspires to continue the key ambition of the original S.M.S. project in making art widely accessible. Founded by NYC artist, collector and art dealer William Copley and artist Dimitri Petrov in 1968, S.M.S. was a magazine hybrid providing subscribers with a selection of high-quality artworks at a low cost. Delivering art through the mail provided the possibility of making contemporary art widely accessible to people at a low cost. The founding concept of S.M.S. was egalitarian and the featured artists, whether celebrated or relatively unknown at the time, were presented and paid equally. During its 10 months of activity, 6 issues were published and more than 70 original artworks were produced, including works such as; Lil Picard’s  Burned  Bow  Tie;  a  half-burned, polka dotted bow tie, and Bruce Connor’s Legal Tender;  an imitation of the American dollar bill. S.M.S. featured artists such as Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Richard Hamilton, Marcel Duchamp and Bruce Nauman, among others. See examples on former works of S.M.S. underneath, currently in the collection of MOMA.

To keep up to date with Creator Projects news and behind-the-scenes content relating to M.M.S., follow @creatorprojects.

Christo (Javacheff, Christo 1935-2020): Store Front from S.M.S. No. 1, 1966-67, published 1968. Offset lithograph with Mylar collage additions, folded sheet 10 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (27.4 x 17.1 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Edition: 40. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.1c. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.
Oldenburg, Claes (b. 1929): Unattendable Lunches, from S.M.S. No. 6, 1968. Artist's book, offset printed, page (each): 8 7/16 x 5 7/16 in. (21.5 x 13.8 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Edition: 40. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.6e. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.
Conner, Bruce (1933-2008): S.M.S. No. 2, 1968. Collaborating artists: Clovis Trouille, George Reavey, Bernard Pfriem, Meret Oppenheim, Lee Lozano, Ray Johnson, Alain Jacquet, Marcia Herscovitz, Nicolas Calas, Marcel Duchamp. Journal with eleven special edition projects. Various dimensions. Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.2a-k. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.
Cage, John (1912-1992): Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) continued 1968, from S.M.S. No. 4, 1968. Artist's book, page (each): 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (19.1 x 13.4cm); book: 7 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 3/16 in. (19.1 x 13.7 x 0.4 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Edition: 40. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.4d. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.
Young, La Monte Thornton (b. 1935) and Zazeela, Marian (b. 1936): Two Propositions in Black from S.M.S. No. 1, 1968. Offset lithograph, folded sheet 9 15/16 x 6 in. (25.3 x 15.3 cm) composition 8 1/16 x 21 15/16 in (20.5 x 55.7 cm). Unfolded sheet 9 15/16 x 23 15/16 in. (25 x 60.8 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Edition: 40. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.1k. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.
Conner, Bruce (1933-2008): Legal Tender, from S.M.S. No. 2, 1968. Thirty double-sided offset lithographs wrapped in paper band, sheet (each): 6 1/8 x 2 11/16 in. (15.6 x 6.8 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Edition: 40. This is copy number 24. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.2c. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.
Roth, Dieter (1930-1998): Cards Intended to Accompany Chocolate Bar, from S.M.S. No. 6, 1968. Four offset lithographs in paper envelope, card (each): 4 9/16 x 3 in. (11.6 x 7.7 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Edition: 40. This is copy number 23. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.6j. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.
Watts, Robert (1923-1988): Permanent Parking Decal from S.M.S. No. 4, 1968. Offset lithograph, sheet 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (17.2 x 17.2 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Edition: 40. This is copy number 25. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.4j. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.
Rotella, Mimmo (1918-2006): 6 Prison Poems, from S.M.S. No. 4, 1968. Offset lithograph, folder: 9 1/2 x 6 5/8 in. (24.1 x 16.9 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Edition: 40. This is copy number 25. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.4i. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.
Penrose, Roland (1900-1984): Bush in Hand, from S.M.S. No. 3, 1968. Cut and collaged offset lithograph, irreg composition 10 3/4 x 6 15/16 in. (27.3 x 17.6 cm); irreg sheet 10 3/4 x 6 15/16 in. (27.3 x 17.6 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Edition: 40. This is copy number 22. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.3h. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New. York/Scala, Florence.
Riley, Terry (b. 1935): Poppy Nogoods All Night Flight (The First Ascent), from S.M.S. No. 3, 1968. Multiple of audio tape in box with collaged offset additions, box: 5 3/16 x 5 1/4 x 9/16 in. (13.2 x 13.4 x 1.4 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.3l. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.
Weiner, Lawrence (b. 1942): Turf, Stake and String, from S.M.S. No. 5, 1968. Offset lithograph, composition: 6 1/4 × 8 11/16 in. (15.9 × 22 cm); sheet: 6 1/4 × 8 11/16 in. (15.9 × 22 cm). Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York. Edition: 40. Gift of Carol O. Selle. Acc. no.: 460.1977.5l. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2021. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence.