Does Anybody Really Know What
Time It Is? Does Anybody Really Care?

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Ecole de Paris vs. The New York School


The ultimate art/chess match! Can Pablo Picasso and his elite squadron of artistes uphold the glory and honor of the European tradition? Or will Jackson Pollock and his motley gang of brash Americans create a new world order? Challenge a friend to determine the fate of modern art.

 

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Clocks and calenders make the passage of time perceptible. Yet, even with these measuring devices, minutes, hours, years, and decades go by before we know it.
Where does all that time go?

What would happen if everyone's clock was set to a different time? Anarchy? Anger? Chaos? Confusion? Would it mark the end of civilization as we know it?

What if we lived according to nature's clock? We would conduct our activities by the sun, the moon, the tides, and the seasons. Do you think we'd still be so preoccupied with time?

 

Thanks for taking "the time" to read these words and to experience my installation.

2/10/02 11:51 am

The title of this installation is lifted from a song by Chicago (then known as the Chicago Transit Authority). The song is a catchy pop rock tune, and its lyrics ask the listener whether the passage of time is really all that relevant.

The installation, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Does Anybody Really Care?, is a comment about our cultureÕs obsession with time and clocks. We wake up, go to work or school, schedule meetings, watch our favorite TV programs all at a particular time and hour.

Our lives have become so intertwined with clocks. They've even become part of our physical bodies. How many times have you look at your wrist watch today?

Time is such a valuable commodity. In our busy lives, who has the time to do everything they want? How many things have you put off doing, simply because you don't have the time to do it?

We've even categorized certain units of time: quality time, comp. time, over time, part time, full time, waste of time, boarding time, show time, tee time, time out, Daylight Savings Time, Hawaiian time, Eastern Standard Time, etc.

 

 
Ecole de Paris
(white)
The New York School (black)
King: Pablo Picasso Jackson Pollock
Queen: Rrose Selavy Helen Frankenthaler
Bishop: Claude Monet Mark Rothko
Bishop: Henri Matisse Philip Guston
Knight: Amedeo Modigliani Robert Motherwell
Knight: Chaim Soutine Willem de Kooning
Rook: Paul Cezanne Lee Krasner
Rook: Marc Chagall Joan Mitchell
Pawn: Georges Braque Elaine de Kooning
Pawn: Camille Claudel Louise Nevelson
Pawn: Salvador Dali Adolf Gottlieb
Pawn: Fernand Leger Ad Reinhardt
Pawn: Max Ernst Clyfford Still
Pawn: Yves Tanguy Barnett Newman
Pawn: Maurice de Vlaminck William Baziotes
Pawn: Andre Masson Franz Kline



 

 

(A variation of the Clothes Line installation)

 



Please try on any article of clothing which interests you. Choose something flashy, or plain, or risquˇ. Walk around in it. Dance in it. Try on different combinations.

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