This letterpress series called the “Time Wasting Experiment” by Portland based artist Alyson Provax is brilliant. See more below!
via: the jealous curator
i don’t get it
I think part of it has to do with the fact that worry and over-thinking
is crippling to the creative process. So maybe these are representations
of that wasted time? Or maybe created in place of actually doing what
each says. Anyone else want to share their interpretation? I know artist
statements can bring the work down (if badly written), but I wish more
people would just acknowledge a little bit of what they were thinking
when they made the art.
why did my comment format like that?
Thanks for the feature, Booooooom! This project started in 2009, when I found myself spending a lot of time in the studio without producing much actual work. I decided to attempt to notice what I was doing with this time, and make a record of it. Over the course of the last several years engaging in this project has really changed the way I view time – how I spend it, and how I define what is a waste of time.
thanks for responding here Alyson, i really love simple text work and these pieces especially
I’ve had a similar experience from which I recorded/ admitted this: I don’t know
Thanks for replying! Your pieces are a great visualization of that idea.
Pretty complex, these pieces. No matter who we are or what
we do, we’re all plagued by seemingly interminable episodes of obsessively
negative thoughts and interactions with others. These little devils are life’s
timewasters, self inflicted barriers to our creativity. But Alyson Provax
defuses them, first by timing each one (hand me that stopwatch!) and then,
instead of wasting time using something like Cognitive Behavior Therapy to
delete the thoughts, she chooses to honor them as the creative sources they