Monday, November 20th, 2006
Artists like Mary Kelly, who documented her baby’s poopy diapers and sleep schedules for the gallery walls, shook things up a bit in the seventies. Before her, Robert Rauschenberg is said to have taken disciplined walks around the city block, returning to his studio with the elements for a single collage. Since then, and certainly before then, there have been many, many approaches to this intricate documentation of a single person’s tiny corner of the universe. Some are truly and maddeningly mundane, while some get a corner on a conceptual blanket through small things and lead us to contemplate a bigger picture.
What I don’t need to see any more of is a grid of photographs of an artist taken every day for a year. What I would like to see more of are things like Diane Samuels’ mapping of an alleyway ( http://www.mattress.org/index
Gala Bent is a mother-artist-teacher living in Seattle who enjoys, among other things, this thought: between thesis and antithesis arcs the ever-loving synthesis. www.galabent.com