Saturday, September 19, 2015 3-5PM
Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring Street, Watertown, MA
Thursdays 12-4pm and by appointment.
Drive-By Projects is pleased to present Lists, an exhibition of works on paper by Danica Phelps, Sharon Kaitz, and Alexis Golino. The works in this exhibition catalogue ideas, intentions, or events unique to the artist. It seems appropriate to let them speak to the content of their own lists.
Income’s Outcome is a project tracking the money generated by the sale of each of its drawings. Each time a drawing is sold in the series, a window opens onto my life and I draw what I spent THAT money on. When the money is spent, the window closes. Each green stripe panel shows the income that was generated as well as a little cartoon of the drawing or drawings that were sold to generate that income. When a drawing is sold, I also make the next generation of that drawing which then becomes part of the series.
This was the first list I ever saw that resonated with me. It was nailed to a wooden doorframe on a construction site at the entrance to a room that would one day be a kitchen. My father, who provided lumber for builders, had brought me there. To me, as a child, this short list had all the power of the ancient Sumerian King List, for, like that manuscript, it affirmed presence and articulated human activity. The list also jumpstarted my imagination, the materials had to be willed into being as signifiers of actions to come: the carpenter with his hammer, the plasterer on stilts, the setter with his tiles. Lists still intrigue me in all their forms, the private list hastily scrawled on a scrap of paper, with its incomplete letters that can easily turn LIST into LUST, and more formal lists with their yearning to create order out of chaos. Words in a list frequently aspire to the poetic and as art become shapes in space, abstractions both pushing toward and resisting meaning.
I have a hard time getting motivated to do the responsible adult things I'm supposed to do and at some point I realized writing elaborate and very specific lists was the only way I'd get them done (because let's face it it's easier to lay in bed watching Netflix and looking at your phone for hours than it is to get out of bed, eat breakfast, gather your clothes up, haul them down three flights of stairs to the laundromat).
Sometimes the lists help… Looking at the lists now (they were written in May/June it's August now) I did end up doing a lot of the things on them… but it took way longer than it should have. These were not a series of very successful lists.
It took about 63 days to eventually do some laundry (and even then it was a much smaller load than it should've been)
I let the lemons that I bought rot on top of a folding table.
I just now wrote my resume.
My kitchen is not clean.
I don't have a job.
I have maybe one check left and it's from two houses ago.
But I can wear the ridiculous door knocker earrings with ease now...
I suppose I should be more embarrassed, but honestly there's a point where the procrastination becomes so excessive I'm almost a bit proud.
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