Documentation

May 15, 2008 at 9:24 am (Uncategorized)

I’ve been playing around with ways to make the documentation of my work somehow, also, part of the work itself. One of the hardest things for me to figure out is a way to make the texts available so that it doesn’t eliminate the struggle or effort expended by the viewer, but also solves the problem of what to do when someone literally can’t read the text.

I think I finally have a solution. I experimented on one of my recent drawings (with the sunflowers) and I like how it came out…

So, I start out by transcribing the drawing in 12 point font, as one long narrative (with paragraph breaks). Then, because I didn’t like the idea of simply handing a viewer this sheet of paper with all the answers on it, I came up with the idea of making a simple book:

So the viewer can be handed this little thing which has all the text in it and is easier to read, and yet still homemade and intimate and something close to private. One of the things I like about my work is that I feel like I’m whispering secrets in the ear of the viewer… and in presenting the text like this, that sense doesn’t get lost. The books are simple and straightforward, but also very personal.

My thought is to make the books in an edition of three – one for my records, one for the gallery’s, and one for the person who buys the piece. I might also make a few APs just so we have some extras in case one of them goes wandering off, as happens in galleries if you’re giving them out to be looked at (I have a very strong desire to keep the assistant who sits at the front desk from being yelled at because, of course, I was that assistant for so many years). So they’re sort of incredibly precious on one hand and then not really on the other – not so much that you’re afraid to pick it up and touch it and turn the pages.

Making the words more accessible is something I’ve struggled to resolve for years and I think this is finally it!

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