The Continuous Work Drawings, 2012
Installation photos from the exhibition Getting to Infinity, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, 2015
Would you like a few minutes of my time… in the form of a drawing?
Timing is everything. In January of 2012 I started a new series The Continuous Work Drawings (Double Dip), making 1500 drawings in a span of a few months. The series began as a way to think about the relationship of time spent doing other tasks during the day when I rather be making art. I wondered if it was possible to do both, make art and work at the same time, to double dip in a way. My day job primarily consists of using Adobe Photoshop to remove imperfections and altering color for fashion and beauty advertisements. Movements of the stylus on the tablet are recorded as simple continuous paths. Visually they are reminiscent of the particle collision event displays recorded at the Large Hadron Collider, which I had the amazing opportunity to visit in 2013. While particle collisions are captured in a millionth of a second, my drawings are akin to personal event displays, recording collisions of time and the infinitesimal amounts of the digital space I alter on a daily basis.
Each drawing was created through a computer program that tracked my cursor while retouching photos at work. Most clocked between 4-6 minutes each, the time it took to finish editing an E-commerce photograph. On the back of each work is the drawing number, date, minutes passed and time of day. I thought about the connection of time to labor and wanted to be able to make the drawings affordable enough so anyone could buy one. Each work is an edition of one and comes with a gray mat and black frame.