The idea for this journal entry has been building over the last few months. I decided to turn the journal entry into this month's trading card. I will publish my trades and my finished cards soon.
January 15, 2011:
ATC by Phyllis J. O’Rourke, M.A.
Title: “Everybody is a RATIST”
Series: Edition of 24
Trading Session: Art-4-Art, Lyons Depot Library,
Inspiration: Artist Gary Sweeney (b. 1952— ).
Art work: “According to a Researcher” (2006), on display at the Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas.
The text of Gary Sweeney's painting is translated as: “According to a researcher at Cambridge University, it doesn’t matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be in the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without a problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself but the word as a whole.” Note: The text of the painting was written to prove the point, but I did not copy down his wording correctly.
Inspiration: Artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986)
Famous quote by Joseph Beuys: “Everybody is an artist,” from handout published on the occasion of Joseph Beuys Multiples at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 5 May—25 July, 1999.
Inspiration: The newspaper game “Jumble,” in which I learned that the letters R A T I S T can be arranged to spell only one word, A R T I S T.