for love or money

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
19 November 2005 – 19 February 2006

Exhibition view north gallery

Exhibition view north gallery

First are words:

-words gathered into lists, or phrases
-words written across paper
-words carved into, onto, or out of wood
-words painted onto canvas
-words high up, encircling a room
-words etched into silver
-words projected (or not) onto a wall

The text in some of these works originates from spiritual, or biblical sources. But the sources are, in some ways, not significant. What the work becomes is more important than what it comes from. Words materialize. Text is physical.  

Let me be straightforward. Is a line of written text not also a line drawn?  In reward, the line drawn across the wallpaper reads: Sixty One Thousand Six Hundred and Six Gold Dollars. It is a line taken from a letter I did not write. The letter was written in 1848 by the dead Shaker foundress, Mother Ann Lee, to a community of her living disciples in New Lebanon, NY. The line in the letter, like the line on the wallpaper, presents a large sum of money. It might be considered a check—but drawn on whose account? 

reward (detail) 2005 enamel paint over wallpaper 132 x 414 inches

reward (detail) 2005
enamel paint over wallpaper 132 x 414 inches

attraction 2005 silver leaf, projector with stand, folding stools; dimensions vary

attraction 2005
silver leaf, projector with stand, folding stools; dimensions vary

split 2005 carved plywood, two panels 96 x 24 x .75 inches each

split 2005
carved plywood, two panels 96 x 24 x .75 inches each

split (detail)

split (detail)

Exhibition view north gallery

Exhibition view north gallery

lot (detail) 2005 latex paint on canvas 120 x 60 inches

lot (detail) 2005
latex paint on canvas 120 x 60 inches

Exhibition view south gallery

Exhibition view south gallery

measure 2003-05 engraved sterling silver with painted canvas cloth, 5.5 x 6.125 x 8.25 inches (cup)

measure 2003-05
engraved sterling silver with painted canvas cloth, 5.5 x 6.125 x 8.25 inches (cup)

increase 2005 enamel paint on walls, dimensions vary

increase 2005
enamel paint on walls, dimensions vary


Related writing
"Mystery Man," by Ann Starr, in Columbus Monthly, February 2006.