“A work of art is a gift, not a commodity . . . works of art exist simultaneously in two “economies”, a market economy and a gift economy. Only one of these is essential, however: a work of art can survive without the market, but where there is no gift, there is no art.” Lewis Hyde, The Gift
more than momentary: ENJOY alters the typical path of artwork from studio to gallery to collector by offering voluntary participants the opportunity to borrow and spend extended time with the work BEFORE the exhibition. In the spirit of Lewis Hyde’s ideas about art as a gift, I offered this time with the work as a gift, as a way of opening up the possibilities for relating to the work in a way that is more than momentary. The choice of the word ENJOY in the title refers to the secondary meaning of the word: "to possess or benefit from."
It was my hope that this more than momentary engagement with the work and the chance to temporarily possess it would afford some pleasure and benefit that goes beyond the typically brief gallery viewing experience.
more than momentary: ENJOY artists book which documents the project.
The works included are from the Disrupted Drawings series. These works take a physical approach to drawing and are made from gesso, colored pencil, acrylic, gouache and rice paper.
About Disrupted Drawings
Street posters repeatedly layered to the point of becoming solid objects, graffiti removals which then become a new set of graphic signs on the urban landscape, a medicine cabinet painted with so many layers of paint the rectilinear edges become soft — these inspirations all represent surfaces, shapes and objects that somehow appeal although their resulting aesthetic was not the intention of the hand that created them. In the Disrupted Drawings series, I attempt to invent a process that culminates in a drawing with this quality of unintentional intentionality.
There is a parallel kind of layering process in the various arcs in life. The new job, the burgeoning friendship, the fresh love — often start with a sense of simple wholeness that is gradually disrupted and requires repair. These shifts can bring a different kind of wholeness, often awkward and beautiful in a new way.
Disrupted Drawings explore the beauty that emerges from a rough process of iterations. In making these works, I revel in the quirky, unique object of a drawing that emerges and asserts its rightness in the midst of its many imperfections.
Nancy Murphy Spicer 2015