Monday, February 2, 2009

Every Day: 2/23/87 - 2/23/07, Twenty Years - Ten Bucks

Every Day: 2/23/87 - 2/23/07, Twenty Years - Ten Bucks

Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston MA
May 4 - 29, 2007

To view Mark Feeney's review of this exhibit in The Boston Globe main page, click here

 From the gallery press release:

 From May 4 - 29, 2007, Howard Yezerski Gallery will be exhibiting an installation of 7,305 photographs marking the 20th anniversary of gallery artist Karl Baden's work-in-progress Every Day.
 In the midst of all the recent buzz about various twenty-something's taking daily pictures of their faces and posting them on YouTube as Quicktime films, it is possible to overlook the fact that Karl Baden has been quietly and consistently making a daily photograph of his own face for more than two decades, and has presented various facets of this ongoing, lifelong endeavor in more than a dozen exhibition spaces and publications....
 ...In this site-specific installation, Baden will cover the walls of Howard Yezerski Gallery's back room with contact size prints of every image from the first twenty years of the project. These photographs, each measuring approximately 1.2 by 1.7 inches, are printed on doubleweight, fiber-based gelatin silver paper. Each is dated, signed and numbered (from an edition of 3). All prints are priced at ten dollars each, available on a first-come, first-served basis. By pricing the work so low, Baden takes a subtle poke at the workings of the art market, as well as adding a participatory component to the exhibition, encouraging anyone to purchase prints from days which may have resonance in his or her life. The photographs will be removed from the installation as they are purchased, much the same as how the individual days disappear from our own lives. To view the installation in it's entirety, members of the press are urged to come to the gallery prior to the opening on May 3rd.  

Composite installation view.

Composite installation panoramas of gallery on first and last days of exhibit.

As a followup to this exhibit, I asked those who bought pictures to email me the reason why they picked the dates they did. 
To view some of the responses I received, click here, or visit

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