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UPCYCLE MIND We are fascinated by the everyday, the seemingly ordinary, the distinctive qualities of a material culture that is not, seemingly, intentionally exceptional. Thus the ready-made and the pop reclamation of the deceptively banal, from Duchamp to Warhol. Thus the “low” in LOT-EK: the manmade landscape, from domestic to geographic, and the humility and banality, yet quality and ability, of the generic components from which that landscape is assembled. We seek these objects’ latent potential, either by enhancing their inherent qualities, or by radically counter-programming their use. We find a tough beauty in violent precision, remembering pioneering incisions and displacements by Matta-Clark and others with a feeling for steel, air, and the sharpest imaginary knife.