Personal Art Collection

A map of my struggle to comprehend, and learn about time based understandings and matured gatherings of informational lineage. I set out to isolate problems I have with happenings in this world.  As a young person out of control and uncontrolled by art school I started from the ground up, I found experience through paid travel, this early pursuit of work experiences as an artist instilled certain obsessions, one of these obsessions was an attempt to conceptualize and build my own artist assemblage, this collection of sorts would mark a learning phase in my early wanderings.

Personal Collection 18 x 6 x 14 in (46 x 21 x 36 cm) Solid paint, doost, glass, cardboard, concrete, steel, 135 pieces of pieces started in 2001 10 Limited edition of prints each artist available printed on fujiflex mounted on Dibon
Personal Collection
18 x 6 x 14 in (46 x 21 x 36 cm)
Solid paint, doost, glass, cardboard, concrete, steel, 135 pieces of pieces
started in 2001
10 Limited edition of prints each artist available printed on fujiflex mounted on Dibon

I started by sending letters to artists that were still living, then I started asking people who work for artists: curators, consultants, assistants, secretaries and at last, the overlooked art handlers, it took over 12 years to gather bits and pieces from anything connected to a specific artist’s work. Depending on the source, anything can be in the small box, from a piece of hair off of Eva Hesse to a screw anchor from Cindy Sherman photograph, these pieces are things, matter, atoms, these things are things, they just thing, no iconic or symbolic value. Matter as Matter, there is no artwork in these boxes, something more precious maybe, an essential piece of the whole. This system of things and stuff is broken down by value, and the pieces I attained on this journey have no value but the value I give them, because of their association to a great artist they are directly linked to a piece of highly coveted work, the work is not important, its the thing attached to the artist that is significant to me. This collection, through the process of acquiring the small pieces became a work in itself, a diary, maybe even a map for an emerging artist.