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- The Mastermind y lo contrario is a collaborative livre d'artiste project with sections that can be removed and hung, sections that are made inaccessible with nickel-plated bolts, and a key/guide that describes the various kinds of marks and interventions on the pages. The substrate for most of the work is the original manuscript, The Mastermind, by David Unger.
Themes from the novel are mixed with commentary on psychological issues connected with the traits of a "mastermind" and how that relates to larger issues in life.
The work I made during my residency at The MacDowell Colony was a continuation of the project "Observations, errors, and corrections" where I used my surroundings as material for commenting on human experience. After making observations through writing and drawings, I reworked each section correcting anything I consider an “error”.
Click on image to see work.The work I made during my residency through the Edward Albee Foundation grew out of my frustration with the condition of the floor - a surface that was made up of cracked linoleum and cement. I had thought I would be able to make large drawings on the floor but the surface was too deteriorated and uneven. I decided I would use the floor's condition as the basis for the work I would produce.
Click on image to see the work.I made these drawings on pages from a 1918 scientific journal that a friend sent me. The obsessive handwriting and detailed charts seemed to insist that things could be explained and controlled. I decided to look behind the procedural descriptions, taking words and phrases out of context to describe things that defy control, accentuating the humorous, absurd, and craziness of the human condition.
Click image to see series.This project was based on a series of medical procedures where I became both the observer and the object of actions out of my control. As the observer, I saw myself split into three separate parts: the rational, curious, thinking person; the sensory, tactile, physical being; and the feeling emotional, reactive being. These paintings depict these three viewpoints, using marks that mimic those experiences.
Click image to see series.All images copyright of Anne Gilman 1990-2018. An icompendium Site