Diana Pembor BFA Thesis Spring 2012
An Ode to Common Things
A meditation on and experiment in the commons, this work utilizes common tools, resources, and spaces such as photocopiers and libraries to invite viewers to become readers, then participants by transgressing traditional boundaries of art objects. Over the course of a week, a project was installed in which viewers were invited to take the work on display home, provided they signed, dated, and left a photocopy of the work for the next person. Notions of access and communal experience take precedence over motivations to posses a “valuable” work of art. As more people participate, the original text becomes fractured, distorted, and lost, but the multitude of works that exist, with their history of signatures, embody a self-contained archive, evidence of a common action undertaken by everyone who left their mark.