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  • From the 2008 "Inner and Outer Space" exhibition at the Mattress Factory.

Mary Temple, Currency


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Currency is a catalog of the work of Mary Temple, documenting a year of her ongoing Currency series. It includes 365 drawings and an essay by Denise Markonish. Mary Temple's Interior News Feed was included in the Mattress Factory's 2008 Inner and Outer Space exhibition. 

From the Mattress Factory's website:

"For this untitled project, Mary Temple is engaging in a daily drawing practice that began during her residency and will continue through the run of the exhibition—for a total of one year. The work is both open-ended and has duration. The timeliness of “today’s” drawing will become tomorrow’s news. Each day a hand drawing is scanned by the artist and emailed to the Museum staff, who then print it out and hang the exhibition copy within a calendar format in the gallery.

"After reviewing a number of news sites on the Internet, Temple chooses a story and an image of a world leader and makes an ink drawing of that person, placing them within the white field of the drawing paper. She then writes a line of text at the bottom of the page to illustrate the day’s story. Temple locates the portrait according to the level of hopefulness that the story engenders for her. The portraits on the pages/days create a musical notation of the ebb and flow of optimism and pessimism—of the betterment and detriment to our world. Stepping back, you read the calendar like a musical score and take the pulse of the three months exhibited at a time."

192 pages
Published 2010


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