Danica Phelps: Chico’s Income’s Outcome
November 2 – December 11, 2015
Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 28, 5pm
Reception: Wednesday, November 4, 5-7pm
If we’re rioting, then I’m for Danica Phelps’s form of revolution. She is not distracted by issues like transcendence; she is making everything she can out of what she has at her immediate disposal…Balancing precariously between surrendering to the complex clutter of life and painstakingly attempting to keep track of it all…Everything counts.
– Christine Hill
Danica Phelps’s conceptual practice can be described as diaristic, journalistic, even ritualistic. Her daily life and personal experiences function as the visual content of her work. Yet each work is proscribed by a system of documentation that shifts between the lyrical, the literal and the formal.
In on her ongoing series, Income’s Outcome, Phelps meticulously records income accrued through the sale of work from the series and the ensuing outflow of money. How that money is spent is documented in fluid, transparent line drawings accompanied by handwritten dates, math equations, and colorcoded ledgers (red for outflow, green for income). The drawings reveal both the mundane and the personal—the opening of a bill or a spontaneous purchase of a cookie. Phelps’ drawings are simultaneously transaction and artwork. As she assigns value, records the sale and purchaser and illustrates her life moments through the spending of money, Phelps unpacks the everyday microeconomy of art making.
Similarly, her walking and mapmaking projects result in handdrawn maps that record the artist’s journey in real time as she traverses a previously unknown city or landscape. Her maps do not accurately record scale or geography, but instead locate a personal experience in time and space.
Danica Phelps has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, most recently in Vienna, Austria. Her work is included in the collections of the Arkansas Arts Center, Hammer Museum, Seattle Art Museum and the Yale Art Museum, among others. She received her BFA from Hampshire College and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and works in Colrain, MA and Brooklyn, NY.
The University Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the Hopper Visiting Artists Series to present Danica Phelps: Chico’s Income’s Outcome. The Hopper Visiting Artists Series is sponsored by the Shari and David Hopper Fund.
Special thanks to Ellen and Ken Karasinski of Norcal Vans for providing accommodations for the artist, http://www.chicovacationrentals.com
Photographs by Marianna Chambard.