When the Chelyabinsk meteor entered Russia in 2013, Yuri Pattison watched as meteorite fragments were instantly commodified on eBay. Fascinated by the market, the perceived spirituality or superstitious quality of the fragments, looming questions of authenticity, and how meticulously the fragments were photographed, Pattison saved hundreds of images onto his computer. He started to think about how he could materialize and heighten the question of supply and demand, seeing as how reports on the size of the meteorite varied greatly and the actual supply of fragments was unknown. "The interesting thing about working digitally, especially with 3D printing," he wrote, "is that the information that's contained and conveyed through the work is of primary importance. The value isn't necessarily based on whether the piece is a copy or an original." Ultimately, Pattison reverse engineered the images back into physical form as 3D printed objects in silver, stainless steel, and titanium, returning the meteorite fragments, layered with new meaning, to the realm from which they emerged. (Text by Paddles ON! curator Lindsay Howard)

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Stockholm, Sweden, Minibar, colocation, time displacement, 24 May 2014 - 7 June 2014

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chelyabinsk eBay extrusions , 2013
Lot Number 3
.925 silver, 316L stainless steel, titanium and .STL files
Dimensions Variable - Largest: 4.5 x 4.1 x 2.5 cm
1 of 3
Courtesy of the artist
Each element is signed on the underside in UV ink.

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chelyabinsk eBay extrusions
  • Dimensions
    Dimensions Variable - Largest: 4.5 x 4.1 x 2.5 cm