This project is dedicated to deconstructing the "starving artist"--to simultaneously saving and destroying him.
This projects takes for its starting point two quotes by two thinkers who've influenced my practice greatly. In 1963 Andy Warhol said, "I want to be a machine." Similarly, yet within a very different context, Sören Kierkegaard wrote in Fear and Trembling (under the name Johannes de silentio) "For the moment of faith must ever be made by virtue of the absurd." Thus, this project is my attempt to become machine in both performance and practice. To mechanize (as Warhol did) the act of art production, and to carry it to an absurd (absolute) dimension. "The single individual is higher than the universal,…[he] determines his relation to the universal by his relation to the absolute.” It will include the production of these elements over the course of one year paralleling the typical ('universal') work schedule of an American (ie "daily grind" or "work machine"). During this time (performing the artist/robot) I'll be producing the following items, necessary traces to index the performance itself.
- 10,000 Signed and numbered ink prints (x of 10,000) (average of 40 prints per day)
- 5,000 Signed and numbered original ink drawings (x of 5,000) (average of 20 drawings per day)
- 3,000 Signed paintings (average of 12 paintings per day)
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