Artist Jill Sylvia uses a drafting knife to individually remove tens of thousands of boxes from ledger sheets, leaving behind the lattice of the grid intended to separate the boxes. The skeletal pages drape and accumulate, demarcate the time cost for their creation, and become the buildings for which they have laid the groundwork. Grids are reconstructed using the excised boxes in order to create a new sense, a new value. The boxes become the units of the picture plane, the medium of color fields.
With each piece, the notion of “value” is called into question – be it the value of our quotidian pursuits, the relative value of labor, or the implicit values of economic advancement.
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