With few exceptions we spend a great deal more time remembering and ruminating upon artworks we have already experienced than we spend sharing space with those artworks.
- Click on the headline for this post, or click here.
- Type your name at the top of the program window that now appears.
- Click MAKE ART to generate the title of an artwork. This title is generated through the random selection of an adjective and a noun from lists of thousands of words. The artwork is instantly attributed to you through the addition of your name -- for example "The Indigenous Walrus, by Bill Gusky."
- When you see a title that resonates with you, click STORE. The title is now added to a list that lasts as long as you keep the program window open.
- When you are through making art, click SAVE STORED TO DOC. A window appears allowing you to save your list of stored titles anywhere you like on your machine as a Word doc. Note that if you have trouble opening the Word doc due to using an older version of Word, simply right-click on the file's icon, chose Rename, then change the file extension from .doc to .rtf, or to .txt -- although in .txt you will lose the line breaks between each saved title.
- Each exists first as a container of resonance for you. Something about the title artworks you select is evocative for you on a personal level.
- Second, each artwork is an entire narrative in miniature. Its elements derive from linguistic units developed over thousands of years, across many thousands of miles. Some phonetic elements stand out among the others, becoming aural or graphic protagonists that adopt a stance vis-a-vis the other elements. These conflicts become associated with aspects of each element's history.
- Third, each title artwork exists on the art historical continuum that includes conceptual artworks by James Lee Byars, George Brecht, John Baldessari, Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner, among others, as well as Marcel Duchamp's readymades. As such, each title artwork helps bring that continuum forward. As you create each title artwork, and particularly as you deploy each title artwork in your life, you participate on a moment-by-moment level in the vitalization and evolution of that art historical continuum.