While Blinking Repeatedly

While Blinking Repeatedly is a performative installation and removal, a book edition, a slide-projection installation, and a partially damaged cast metal typeface with smoke residue.

Installation view: White Columns, New York.

A text is stamped directly to a wall using cast metal printing type. Each letter, approximately one inch high, is smoked over a candle and stamped with a hammer leaving black carbon residue debossed in its place. Installation takes roughly 18 hours and after the duration of being shown the text is removed using sandpaper. The impetus of the work is the formation of smoke, becoming text, its performance by a reader and transformation to a fine airborne powder.

Book edition accessible in special collections:
University of Art Chicago
Stanford University
Harvard University
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
MoMA Library
Boston Athenaeum