Binary Uppercase

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  • Provenance

    Deitch Projects, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Deitch Projects, Tauba Auerbach: Yes and Not Yes, 5 October – 4 November 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I want people to be a little more aware of language and try to challenge it.”

    Binary Uppercase, painted in 2006, is a work by the young San Franciscoborn artist Tauba Auerbach. She has rapidly come to prominence in the New York art scene as well as internationally through her explorations of language – in her own words: “I consider my work kind of like a study of semiotics – a self-guided study where I am asking questions about language as a user of language”. Auerbach has applied her great graphic skills to create a body of work that combines both abstraction and the conceptual. Her oeuvre, like the present lot, is rooted in Constructivism and Op Art, and her work’s graphic intensity stand alongside the work of Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.

    Created for the artist’s first New York solo show, ‘Yes and Not Yes’, shown at Deitch Projects in 2006, Binary Uppercase represents an abstract composition depicting a pattern based on the language of the binary numeral system used in digital technology. The simplicity of the system that consists of only two symbols 0 and 1 in its coding is transferred onto the panel, as the artist employs black and white triangular checks that represent the opposites – ‘black’ and ‘white’, ‘zero’ and ‘one’, or ‘yes’ and ‘not yes’. Auerbach describes the reasoning behind the title of the exhibition: “In binary code there are zeros and ones, which for a while I was thinking is like ‘yes’s’ and ‘no’s’. But zero is not really its own thing. It’s just the absence of one. It’s more accurately described as ‘not yes’.” The absence of grey in this work reflects the absence of ambiguity in the binary code and the absence of ‘maybe’. In graphically translating language-based concepts such as this into truly beautiful objects, Auerbach’s work offers both intellectual rigour and sensuality.


Binary Uppercase

acrylic on wood panel
61 x 49.7 cm (24 x 19 5/8 in)
Signed and titled 'TAUBA AUERBACH BINARY UPPERCASE' on the reverse.

£30,000 - 50,000 

sold for £97,250

Contemporary Art Evening

28 June 2012