Sunday, May 30, 2010

Week 6

Cyclops & the Chastity Belt (obliterated baseball, chain w/paint, paperclip holder?)

Admin Asst, Tech Firm
New York, NY

"The 16-year-old son of my boss visited the office last week and left behind this very strange collection of items. I was going to throw them out but went to lunch and when I returned I found them arranged on my desk this way (I work with all sorts of fun demented people). It read very Tracey Emin to me. You be the judge."

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Week 5

Word Mountain (paper, red pen)

David Hirsch
New York, NY

"This work arrived quite unexpectedly. During the writing of a rather long and tiresome document I found myself unable to formulate another sentence; the well was completely dry. I had taken a poetry course at Duke years ago and find the "spontaneous writing" I enjoyed doing then still helps clear my mind on occasion. I began writing, not sentences but words, careful not to repeat any. I was searching for rhythm, or more precisely, variables for synthesis, "little land mines," as someone once said. Forty five minutes later this lay on my desk. Nothing profound but the experience was memorable and very helpful."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Week 4

Untitled (Radiohead CD [OK Computer], Tie, Strunk and White [The Elements of Style], acrylics, shoe box, nails, glue)

V. Sasha Cowell
Translation Editor, Independent Publisher
Brooklyn, NY

"I work long hours with interesting people."

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Week 3

Pictographs (Post Its, red oil marker, red pen)

Corey Hart
Student/Asst Manager, Game and Comic Book Store
New York, NY

"For my friend's bachelor party we did a six day canoe trip down the Pecos River in Texas. It was 50 miles long and full of canyons. Some of these canyons had hidden 10,000 year old native-american petroglyphs and pictographs. It was seriously amazing work. A lot more abstract than I would have imagined truthfully. There were snakes and shamans and deer-headed gods and even a few UFO looking pieces, but the image that caught me off guard was the one of a human hand, where some guy had put his hand up there on the wall and painted around it. Our hands were the same size! Back at work whenever I could I started drawing on little pads of Post Its. The shapes/images are from things I see everyday, little things here and there. They probably will not last as long but to me they're a way to mark what is happening now, and who knows with the interwebs."

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Week 2

City of Half-Beginnings (paper, crayon)

Lacey Koethe
Former Chimp, Music Industry
New York, NY

"I drew this on the table at lunch while my boss was firing me.  They give you crayons.  I was an intern for three months at a record label--Midtown, days/nights, I worked until 3 in the morning for next to nothing.  I really wanted this job. I gave up weekends, almost lost a boyfriend, spent all my savings renting a 500 square foot apt in Hell's Kitchen thinking things would pan out, which they didn't. Suckville. It wasn't really a firing, they just picked someone else. He was nice about it and left me to finish my drawing.  If you look closely you can see the names of every company I ever worked for and the names of all the dogs I had in my life.  I'm from Ohio and remembering my dogs made me feel better.  Then I drew what I guess now is a emotional rendering of NYC, all the buildings, all the dreams, etc. It was pretty pathetic and I must have looked like a total mess sitting there crying and crayoning. In the end I gave myself an A+ for busting ass though. It's lame I know but it made me feel better :P When I got back to the office I put my drawing on the break room fridge. I took pics for my b-f. I have always liked the koala magnet so when I left later that day for good I kept it. We still have him. His name is Arthur."