DRAW: 6 months – everyday
TYPE: Streaming News every day over each drawing
BEGIN: August 9 2016
END: February 8 2017
The Drawings are in sets of 7 of the same subject.
The week always begins on Tuesday, and always ends on a Monday.
One subject is drawn for each week.
During the primaries – the ENDLESS primaries – I sketched all the time. I sketched a lot of things that were around my home – intimate scenes – familiar things. It was very soothing. Very comforting. A meditative act, really. Made me very happy and focused and distracted as the world seemed to be going insane around me. I had hundreds and hundreds of drawings. I could not stop. I did not want to stop. I was filling up sketchbooks left and right. I kinda loved some of those drawings. I kept my tools limited. I found a pen that drew very much like a pencil. The RSVP Pentel pen.It did not run out of ink quickly and was relatively inexpensive. I bought them by the dozen from Staples. I also began to purchase Strathmore Sketch pads with a 40% off one item coupon from Michael’s that came into my email inbox every week. Because I had absolutely no idea what I would do with these drawings, I figured I didn’t need to do anything at all. They were serving their purpose – a purely meditative act.
As I drew in my Strathmore Sketch Pad with my Pentel RSVP medium Black pen, I was keenly aware of the constant news coverage going on around me – the news was ALWAYS on. I did not let myself not miss anything. I was addicted. I was addicted to both sketching the world in front of me – the mundane objects that make up my life – and listening to my every widening world that was filled with doom, gloom, crisis, weather, drug advertisements, Sitcom and Drama trailers – ALL KINDS OF AGGRAVATING NONSENSE!!!
The atmosphere surrounding the drawings was filled with the diatribe of the news the relentless news – on the TV – from the streaming internet CBSN coverage of the Primaries – from the radio. It was part of every drawing in spirit. So I now make the news part of the drawing in reality. Each day I listen to the CBS morning News with Charlie Rose, Gail King and Nora Odonell and i type .. double spaced – as the news streams.
After the sketch is completed, it is sliced out of a Strathmore 8×10 Drawing Pad with a razor blade. Both Staples and Michaels are in the same shopping center up in Phillipsburg, NJ right off I 78. Makes for a very convenient shopping experience – since the supermarket and the Lowe’s are all near each other. I can even UPS and buy stamps in Staples now. I type live news for about 8 to 10 minutes (on my Smith Corona Electric Typewriter that is purchased at Greg Stone’s garage sale in Frenchtown, NJ. I found fresh multicolored ribbons online at a store somewhere in California. I type as the news is broadcast live and usually from CBS. I type the news over the drawing. I attempt to equal the pace of the news delivered from the broadcast. I never do. I never could. I can barely hear it and make sense of it much less type it and make sense of it.
ARTIST STATEMENT for “57”
For a week at a time from August 9th 2016 through to March 2017, I drew the same object – a shoe, a roll of tape, or a gun, or a roll of toilet paper or money – things that we tend to overlook, but are ever-present in our visual landscape. I then typed the news directly over each drawing. Each morning at about 8am, I would stream CBS live, with Nora O’Donnell, Gail King and yes, Charlie Rose. I would put on my headphones, sit at my desk, try to type “Your world in 90 seconds” over the drawing that I sketched earlier that same morning. I tried to keep up with the speed of the delivery of the news, but I never could. The work is titled “57” simply because I started the series on my 57th birthday. I typed each day’s news broadcast over a drawing sketched that same morning. The project lasted until March of 2017 not long after the Women’s March in Washington, DC.
I am an American. Our country puts its students in unbelievable debt serving the banking industry, saddling our youth with huge high interest loans. This same banking industry bleeds our communities using their profit margins to support big oil and big box stores. In every American town, these same stores are taking over our communities. This is the face of “Citizen’s United” the most subversive and misleading term meant to gain the support of those folks that simply listen and accept as truth the voice of big, male, loud, white, rich businessmen and politicians.
“57” used only materials purchased from big box stores:
o Strathmore Sketch Pads, Basics Acrylic Pain purchased with a 40% off coupon from Michaels
o An RSVP medium point black pen purchased by the dozen from Staples.
o Gorilla Tape and Luna Plywood form Home Depot.