Exhibition Spac.es started in 2016 as a free database of high-resolution emptied contemporary exhibition spaces and frames, as well as tutorials and resources. This online database serves as a resource for other artists, curators, or students, to establish their online and documented presence. The images and resources are published under the Creative Commons Zero license (free to copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission). The emptied gallery images are free to download, and you can photoshop your own art images and objects into them. On one-hand it's an earnest resource, and the other, it's a prompt for artists to consider alternative ways of producing images that allow them to participate in the "capital-a" Art world.
When I made Exhibition Spac.es in my second year of grad school, I believed that installation shots were a show of power and framed images within a new set of expectations - no longer is the image simply a digital image to scroll past, but in the psychic space of the viewer, the image tells a story of an art object that asks to be considered with a new weight. The implied object never delivers on the promises of its potential, but also doesn’t need to. Online audiences view the fictional documentation and imagine the art object as a real thing, printed and framed and given weight, importance, value, and most importantly, validation, by an institution.