This body of work adapts Sol Lewitt's "Sentences on Conceptual Art" as its point of departure to unpack my artistic activities within this important genre. Lewitt was known for creating idea-based work that was facilitated by systematic execution of a set of guidelines he set forth. One set of drawings takes each of the sentences to create portraits using rubber stamp letters. They focus on artists who work with text and some of the concepts set celebrated in Lewitt's work.
In another set of drawings I converted each of his sentences from this text to binary code and inscribed them into paper with a fine-point stylus. The value of using this system is two fold: (1) it reflects the foundation for all computing systems; (2) it echoes ancient forms of mark-making and record-keeping. This kind of oscillation between the past analogs to present -modern digital technologies remarks on the fluidity of how ideas may extend from our bodies. I am also interested in how the simplicity of marking a straight line in the "I" and the curve of the "0" embodies the range of gestures available to us. Another important component of these notational drawings is the dusting of "text residue" on the paper. I first inscribe text on wooden incense, after which I burn the material and ground it into a fine soot for spreading on the binary-coded paper. Burning incense has its roots in sacred practices, but it is especially interesting to me as a metaphor for the spreading of ideas. Imagine how releasing our words into the atmosphere has certain effects. From the inception of an idea as a thought to its expression through verbal or written communication sets something in motion. Like the wisps of smoke drifting from the incense, slowly swirling into the air and slipping into invisibility, we can imagine our own ideas extending beyond us in whispers or shouts to have some residual effect. If nothing else, they can fly on the wings of technology as we propel them into the world wide web through our blogs, tweets, books, dictionaries, videos, etc. By participating in this metaphor, this series projects Lewitt's text in a way that substantiates some of his conceptual vocabulary.