Waste Book #1 (ongoing)  

This is a collection of fragments.  The title of the series is taken from The Waste Books by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799).  That book, published posthumously and not intended as an actual book by the author, is a collection of short thoughts on numerous topics and was written as a list with no regard to ordering.  It was an accumulation of fragments.  Each was a thought that could be expanded on… and the subject matter was completely diverse, including science, human nature, social interactions...

Each image is small, discrete in visual effect, and contains a visual idea that might be of interest to me later.  Without a home, they land in my waste book.

Many are found images that were digested & altered in unexpected ways by machinery, or damaged over time, or have been randomly acted on without artistic intent.   Examples are: floating black marks that started appearing on a very old flip phone camera, damaged art slides that I scanned, xeroxed images from old art history papers, imagery scratched or marked up when used as a backdrop to cut or paint, smears created when something was covered over…  things that gave me an unexpected visual experience that I found interesting.  Whenever I find one of these it is a surprise.  

Others are leftovers from various art and material experiments: photogram of torn wrapping paper, a scratched print turned into a contact negative, experiments with Daylab Polaroids…