for love or money
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
19 November 2005 – 19 February 2006
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 these 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. Isn’t a line of written text also a line drawn? In reward, the line drawn across the wallpaper reads, “Sixty One Thousand Six Hundred and Six Gold Dollars.” It’s a line taken from a letter I did not write. The letter was written in 1848 by the dead Shaker foundress, Ann Lee, to a community of her living disciples in New Lebanon, New York. 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?
Mystery Man, by Ann Starr, in Columbus Monthly, February 2006.