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Artist’s statement about the Post-Its, from “Noise,” a Beacon Artist Union show in 2006:

In managing my daily life, I accumulate a large number of visual fragments, scribbled reminders, and leftover notes, which, when looked at out of context, can generate their own entities, can serve as their own aesthetic expressions. They are not planned, not foreseeable, and they originally fulfilled another purpose altogether. I have termed this series and this process “self-creating.”

 

Here a letter that the art critic Christopher Chambers wrote 1999 to Devon Dikou, the founder and editor of ZINGMAGAZINE (see also TO-DO-LIST "2014-07-10 BERLIN back"). Needless to say, the To-Do-List project, started 1995, is still going on and on and on... March 25, 1999, Dear Devon, I write to propose a curatorial project for Zing. The artist, Egon Zippel, has expressly forbidden me to send xeroxes, so my words will have to suffice. Essentially the work falls into the category of drawings. What they are is selections from "to do lists" which have been compiled over at least five years during which time Egon resided in and traveled to several different countries. Consequently, his personal notes and scribblings are in a variety of languages. Interspersed throughout are diminutive sketches for artworks, doodles and an assortment of stains. They are on choice documents involving international bureaucratic regulations such as immigration papers, application for a marriage license, or consignment forms for artworks. At times the juxtapositions of absurdities are pretty funny, but there is also a more serious element - like a world-weary diary. Sincerely, Christopher Chambers All To-Do-Lists are either on letter-size paper (8.5" x 11", 21,6 cm x 27,9 cm) or on DIN A4 paper (21 cm x 29,7 cm, 8.3" x 11.7"). The "title" shows when and where a To-Do-List was finished. Self-creating (or self-fulfilling for that matter) for the same reason I described in the Post-Its statement...





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