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The Lost Object Project

Since February 2007, I've been soliciting stories from the general public, both through material invitations and an ongoing on-line call, about objects that are lost, missing, or otherwise no longer in their possession for a primarily web-based exhibition of virtual memorials. What began as an effort to express some of the guilt I felt after my grandfather died, several years after getting rid of a briefcase he'd given to me as a graduation gift, has grown into a more collective effort. I became interested in the irrational affection we feel towards inanimate objects as well as the narrative and meaning that get attached to these otherwise mundane things over time. I render these objects ephemeral through the collected stories. My primary intention is to memorialize these narratives, but the project also nods, both in its title and structure, to some of the key developments of conceptual art of the 1970s as it related to the status of the art object and the ongoing tension between the object and the idea.

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