Waste Book #1 Cards (Printed Cards) (ongoing)  

This is a collection of fragments presented as cards.  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 of my cards 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.  They have no order but are printed as cards of equal size so that they can be stacked neatly in a plastic box.

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… 

Eventually I want to annotate each one.  My intent was to created something that could be collected like baseball cards or the Pokemon cards my son collects.