This project will attempt to explore language, words, and images that we see every day around us but don’t notice. After much consideration, it is likely that this project will be about how we connect (or fail to connect) to each other in an ever-increasing urban world by documenting the words and images that people just can not keep inside of themselves and feel a strong urge to expunge into the world around them, primarily through various forms of non-traditional graffiti. This is not so much looking at the art of graffiti, but rather the way people communicate through writing and art in unexpected places – walls, bathroom stalls, stickers in public places, and similar means. It may also include other forms of communication – letters, shopping lists, personal and private memos, notes people write to themselves. The idea is not 100% fleshed out yet, but this is the direction that it has taken after a lot of twists and turns of process.
The art is being presented in a small format book, an intensely personal and private viewing experience that will cause the viewer to have to sit with the words and letters and experience them individually and consider the person who wrote the words or drew the pictures or stuck up the stickers they are seeing and perhaps the personal motivations behind those actions. This is a continuation into an exploration of thought that I have been having about the way we communicate (or don’t communicate) in our modern society and how we connect (or don’t connect) with other people.
The book I am using has 84 pages front and back, including the front and back buffer pages. It isn’t likely that I’m going to make 84 prints or that 84 prints would even be reasonable for a person to sit with for that long. Subtracting the front and back buffer pages, we have 80 pages, which is still too many and will likely leave the book far too bulky to even be attractive. What this means is that some of the pages will be glued together in some fashion. I am still researching adhesives that will be most appropriate for this venture. Hopefully I already have something that will be good to use. 80 divided by 2 is still 40 pages, which is still an extraordinary number of prints; by 3, it’s not an even number: 26.7 (rounded), divided by 4, we get 20: a much more reasonable number. It’s probable that I’ll be shooting for around 20 prints. Once I get there, I’ll be putting the little prints into the book to see how much it warps the book out and how it looks before I start any gluing or anything.
Materials Needed: (other than film, camera, and tripod obviously)
- Repurposed pre-printed book (size of pages is approximately 4¼ ” x 2 ½”, with the cover being slightly larger) (already acquired)
- Various types of paper for experimental printing (already acquired)
- Adhesive for attaching prints to book pages (need to research appropriate adhesives)