Taking cues from the general structure of an artist sketchbook, Calendar questions the value of production and inspiration in the final work of art.
For the span of approximately one month, material ranging from original drawings to prints, photographs to found film stills, and short stories to personal family documents were layered on top of each other. Eventually the weight of all the material together became so heavy that the integrity of the piece as a whole was compromised. At this point the work was declared finished, precariously fastened to the wall by four tiny clips.
When exhibited, a stack of this poster was laid on the ground below the piece itself, free for visitors to take away. An accessible 'key' to a work that intentionally hides itself.
Imperfect Archives is an incomplete catalog by design, yet it has the feeling of being exhaustive at over 300 pages. A collection of more or less every single image I made during my four years at the Cooper Union. Failures and triumphs are laid out side by side, only the few things inevitably lost or given away omitted. As a physical object it is both substantial and flimsy due to its simple construction and obsessive content. It is a monument to art school, a physical manifestation of time, and a personal diary all in one.
BFA solo thesis show at The Cooper Union in New York City, May 2008.
Aesthetic Index (Personal)
19.5 x 27.5" mixed media on paper
22 x 20" pencil on paper
takeaway poster + installation
13 x 19" physical photo collage
315 pages, full-color laser print
8.5 x 11" perfect tape bound
Edition of 10