All jokes aside - I made this book around the same time as my "List of Mostly Everything in a Room" book. I was interested in physically executing long projects, and presenting uninteresting information as loosely organized data. Looking back on it, there is something kind of cool about endurance based art. It is painfully dull to create and look at, but after you finish it there is a very palpable feeling of accomplishment. I wasn't really aware of it at the time, but that is kind of an interesting criteria for future ideas.

This book is a record of the output of an entire Sharpie. Each image is a scaled down version of a full 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper which was scribbled on, scanned, and then sequenced in chronological order. The book also includes documentation of an attempt at prolonging the life of the Sharpie (pg 43, I just couldnt get enough of the scribbling!). Astute viewers will also notice a small piece of white tape on the Sharpie on page 43. This was a critical part of the process - I used this piece of tape to distinguish the Sharpie from other sharpies on my desk in between "studio sessions". Any confusion of sharpies could represent a lack of honesty that might jeopardize the integrity of further scribblings.

The most interesting aspect to me now is deciding to end the project. When you make a list of everything in a room you will reach a point when there are no more objects left to add to the list. When you scribble out an entire sharpie you will reach a point where you declare it "done" but the actual sharpie might have several pages left before total exhaustion. The book isn't really "This is how much sharpie there was" the book is: "This is how much sharpie there was until I declared that no more marks could be made".

There is a point where a mark can be made that one person will declare as a valid mark, and another will declare as the absence of a mark. This book is an investigation into the subjectivity of Mark-Making as an art practice. Surely one can dream of a sharpie mark lighter and wispier than the the lightest and wispiest mark in this book.