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VSK Residency Repost 9

“Nathaniel recalls his grandfather’s tales of toilet paper use; of how at times one could wipe and wipe and wipe after defecating with no indication of a progression toward cleanliness. Of course nowadays toilet paper has been replaced by superabsorbent synthetic sponges, which leave no trace of solid matter, nor liquid, nor even bacteria, upon their surfaces after wiping.”

2011. Ink on paper. 7 x 7 in.

This image-text pairing originally appeared on VerySmallKitchen as part of a 3-month online residency.

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“The extreme absorbency of these sponges guarantees that they are perpetually sterile. For this reason, it is common practice to both wipe up household messes and clean one’s genital and anal territories using the same sponge.”

2011. Ink on paper. 7.5 x 7 in.

This image-text pairing originally appeared on VerySmallKitchen as part of a 3-month online residency.

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VSK Residency Repost 7

“An individual need only possess a single sponge during the span of his or her lifetime. The sponges neither wear out nor diminish in absorbency. Most of the original models are still in circulation. Nathaniel inherited his from his father, who had previously acquired the sponge from Nathaniel’s grandfather. [ . . . ] The sponge compacts all that it absorbs into its core. Such is its efficiency that the area occupied by the compacted matter gains no measurable increase in volume during the course of a generation. Nathaniel envisions a future in which a sponge passed down a bloodline eventually accumulates, after many centuries, so much human detritus that it collapses into a shit singularity, and ultimately devours whole solar systems.”  

2011. Ink on paper. 7 x 7.25 in.

This image-text pairing originally appeared on VerySmallKitchen as part of a 3-month online residency.

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“The music gets slow quickly, and gets slower slowly.”

2011. Ink on paper. 8.5 x 7.25 in.

This image-text pairing originally appeared on VerySmallKitchen as part of a 3-month online residency.

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“Golden, early evening sunlight casts a reflection of the duvet upon the inside of the windowpane. Seen within this semitransparent mirror image is a sizeable shadow slowly, and silently, pacing to and fro across the surface of the duvet. But, no such shadow darkens the real, physical duvet. Certainly, nothing is moving, nor present, in the room (nor outside the window) to act as the source of the shadow. The only one there is the boy beneath the duvet.”

2012. Ink on paper. 7 x 7 in.

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“[ . . . ] enclosed by a neatly folded golden foil wrapper (similar to that which might contain a segmented chocolate bar). What one finds inside the packaging resemble rows of shower tiles – small white chiclets flecked with green seafoam and bound together in a grid by some sort of greyish mortar. Break a square off at the mortar seam, and you can safely carry it with you. But, snap a tile in half, and it will release sedative fumes.”

2012. Ink on paper. 8.25 x 6.5 in.

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Tadeusz & Gregory’s geometrically induced predicament draws to a close.

“Tadeusz is sprawled across the length of the office couch. It is midafternoon, and a clear day. He is staring out the window, which faces north. It is bright and blue outside, but no direct sunlight penetrates the pane. Despite the time of day, with the lights switched off, the room remains quite dark. Tadeusz closes his eyes. A sharp, impossibly coloured image of window-framed sky lingers briefly upon the dull interior of his eyelids. It is not long before the afterimage has been reduced to a spatter of multicoloured flecks. It comes to him then. Tadeusz jerks up into a seated position on the couch. He looks down toward the floor at Gregory’s rigid body with diagram floating above it. Finally, Tadeusz will be able to end this.”  

2011. Ink on paper. 8.5 x 8 in.

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2011. Ink on paper. 8.5 x 7 in.“‘Why does the bond between Gregory’s retinae and the diagram not dissolve when the pattern is blocked from Gregory’s view?’ Tadeusz cannot fathom any answer to the question, let alone a plausible answer.”

2011. Ink on paper. 8.5 x 7 in.

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2011. Ink on paper. 6 x 9 in.“Tadeusz and Gregory are out celebrating. The experiment was a success. It worked like a charm. They’ve just raised their drinks together in congratulatory self-satisfaction. Liquid is in mouths, but a deflating pause confounds their expectant esophagi and betrays what has gently yet swiftly entered their thoughts only now: further possibilities and far deeper implications. Both men swallow slowly and deliberately in synchronised gestures of defeat. Tadeusz then taps the fingers of his left hand upon the table while glaring at the closed-captioned newscast on the flatscreen above the bar. Gregory loosens his tie, undoes the top button of his shirt, and silently stares into the depths of his beer.”

2011. Ink on paper. 6 x 9 in.

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2010. Ink on paper. 9.5 x 7 in.“Tadeusz looks up from the notebook. The concept is difficult to grasp, but definitely correct. He is certain he has accounted for all potentially viable counterarguments. He wonders how Gregory intends for them to teach this to their undergraduate students.”

2010. Ink on paper. 9.5 x 7 in.

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