Print-on-demand artist book covered with black marker. The images depict fragments of Jeff Wall’s oft-cited and reproduced essay, “‘Marks of Indifference’: Aspects of Photography in, or as, Conceptual Art,” which was first published as part of the 1995-1996 MoCA Los Angeles exhibition and catalogue, Reconsidering the Object of Art: 1965-1975.
I located a copy of the original catalogue and photographed each spread of the essay after a popular style of online documentation used for artist books—a format that promotes the desirable material qualities of such objects over the transmission of their content.
The resulting photographs were transferred back into a book layout and printed.
For each copy of the publication, I sit down and trace over every instance of Wall’s text with a black marker.
At the end of each sitting, I record the length of time it took to complete the marks.
In the action of simultaneously highlighting and redacting his ideas, I wanted to locate a space between the legible and the obscured, between reverence and refusal.
This is an open edition with ongoing documentation available here.