Books are way of turning a virtual collection into something physical and of imposing a particular viewpoint through the way the material is organised and presented.The aim was to make the books distancing and dry. These two books are hand-made and time-consuming to construct, ‘…they look precious’. This preciousness is based on the time expended in their construction, the dates also clearly refer to the passage of time.
As in On Kawara’s date paintings, each date is a day that has passed into the increasingly distant past, thus we are now that much closer to the end than we were on the given date.
This book contains colour photographs of dates stamped into the pavements of Paris, ordered by month. Though ostensibly boring, they have their variations and minute interests. Dates always refer to time; is my birth date included, what happened that day – to me, in the wider world? These dates were carefully made on the stated date, for some formal purpose and according to some sort of bureaucratically engendered ritual.
Exhibited: Regards Croisés: France – Grande Bretagne, Saint-Etienne, France
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