Some of you may be wondering where that ridiculous blog title comes from. It’s actually a riff off of an earlier, on-going piece that this blog is essentially an extension of. That piece is called IDE(A/O)LOG(Y/UE). What it is, very simply, is a log of the ideas that I have for pieces.

Fig. 12.08.1
The front and back of the “Taxonomy and Notes” section of the IDE(A/O)LOG(Y/UE). Shown here is the entry for the IDE(A/O)LOG(Y/UE) itself. Note the negative conception date.

Taxonomy & Notes
I designed myself a form to fill out every time I have a specific idea. The front of the form (Fig. 12.08.1, left side) has boxes for: Conception Number (date of conception plus one extra number to
distinguish it from different ideas entered on the same day), Working Title, Source (stolen, adapted, or constructed), Form (what it is & made of), Description (a detailed physical description of the piece), Commentary (my thoughts on the piece as it develops, potential problems, etc.) Connections (artworks, of mine and others, that the piece relates to somehow), Final Title, and Reception Number (date of completion plus one number). The back (Fig. 12.08.1, right side) simply provides space to expand the Description and Commentary sections as the piece develops. Initial entries are typed in on a PDF form, which is then printed, 3 hole punched, and placed in a binder. Every time that I change the idea or something in general happens with the piece, I make handwritten additions/changes to the forms. When a piece is finished, it gets a “MADE” and date stamp in red in the Status section.

The IDE(A/O)LOG(Y/UE) goes through “iteration cycles.” An iteration of the log ends when it is displayed (generally at a NewLights solo show, although I think the current cycle may end at the Codex Symposium). When an iteration is complete, the status of all pieces in it must be assessed and accounted for, receiving stamps such as “PENDING” or “ABANDONED.” Other stamp possibilities: FUTILE, FAILED, SOLD, COMBINED, etc. The new iteration begins with its first entry. All “PENDING” entries from the previous cycle are photocopied and placed in the new binder.

Proofs & Ephemera

There is a second binder, referenced to the first, which collects documentation of the process of each piece in the log--sketches, order forms, receipts, print set up sheets, and other scraps. If a piece is actively worked on through two or more iterations, its documentation remains inside its original binder.

Functional Analysis

The third binder appears at the time of display. It is more or less a guest book for a gallery show, providing forms for people to leave their contact info and whatever comments they wish. I was pleasantly surprised to see that many people used the comments section as a place to leave their own artwork, so in the end the “Functional Analysis” became a multi-person collaboration.

Completed IDE(A/O)LOG(Y/UE) iterations will be scanned and released via the NewLights Press website.

So, hence the title, hence the blog itself.

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