We are pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of work by Paul Glabicki. His new drawing series titled "ACCOUNTING for..." began with a Japanese artifact acquired by the artist several years ago: an accounting ledger book dating from the 1930s. The relentless record keeping, the beauty of the mark-making, musings about its contents and purpose, the fact that it survived and came into his possession, the patterns that emerged when the book was carefully taken apart and arranged on a wall, the suggestion (by changes in the writing style) that more than one person made the marks, and other thoughts, images, and responses grew out of the artist's interaction with the book.
Glabicki was interested in the book as a found personal temporal object imbedded with meaning, function and mystery. Most intriguing to the artist was the fact that it was a temporal artifact that made a leap from past to present: written day-by-day, month-by-month, entry-by-entry, mundane and utilitarian (not intended to be an aesthetic object), recorded in time, and revealing patterns and rhythm over the duration of its writing.
The "ACCOUNTING for..." series seeks to continue the ritual of the ledger, actually transcribing each page as a foundation and underlying structure for the application of new information. Layered over and around each transcribed page are maps, calendars, fragments of newspaper text, parts of personal letters, and a multitude of measurements, counting systems, and diagrammatic images - bits of incoming daily information both mundane and personally significant to the artist. A careful viewer may decipher letter postmarks, information about architectural structures, multiplication tables, clues about the time of the year in which the drawing was made, multiple languages and writing systems, and other data "accounting for" thoughts, observations, images, associations, and events experienced or collected during each drawing's creation. The project will end after the final page of the ledger is transcribed and the final new accounting process is complete.