I have been getting work ready to send to a small exhibition at Typology Gallery in Toronto. The show is called Working Title and will be held in conjunction with the first Toronto Art Book Fair in June. This isn’t a particularly onerous task, as I am sending some copies of Thank Your Lucky Stars and I already have some stars made.
Unlike the stars for The Wishing Star Project, these are made from old magazine pages and don’t have hand-written wishes inside them. They were, however, the starting point of my involvement with little paper stars.
The first iteration was produced for my solo exhibition Altered, Addled, and Alphabetical at The Hand Wave Gallery.
Those are four ounce bottles, so it took quite a few stars to fill them. I even did a rough sorting by colour to give each bottle an individual character.
I became quite addicted to folding little paper stars. I also wanted to continue the concept, but the bottles took a lot of stars and I don’t charge for the time folding them (you can’t sell luck) so I ordered 100 plastic pill vials and created what I think of as the Fluxus edition.
It doesn’t look like a book, but I think of it as an artist’s book: it has text, and content, and the labels act as pages.
I have filled out the contract for the show, answered the questionnaire, prepped images, sent all that off by email. I have printed and cut labels.
Now I have to count out 120 stars as I fill each container.
I have described this version of Thank Your Lucky Stars as the perfect gift for the person who has everything. The work is about thankfulness. Many people have, if not more than they need, at least enough. Certainly most of us in Western Europe and North America have more than many people in the rest of the world, but the rumblings of discontent are clearly audible. I think what most of us truly need is gratitude.
So in that spirit, here are some of the things that I am grateful for this week.
I am grateful for the blossoms of Spring.
I am grateful that on this week’s unseasonably hot afternoons David made us iced coffee.
And I am enormously grateful that I don’t live in Ft. McMurray, Alberta.
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