This is interactive is an ongoing artist's experiment
by Andrew Coulter Enright conducted throughout Baltimore, Maryland since January 2000.
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The experiment consists primarily of the unsanctioned public
display of textual stickers, signs and stencils. The texts in and of themselves are fully
meaningless; they are simple and often seem like juvenile riddles or paradoxes. Their
power as a cohesive work lies in both the tradition of conceptual, public and graffiti
art, and the meanings the viewer brings to each sticker as he or she encounters
them throughout their travels in the city. The phrases are structured in such a way as to
provoke a response from the viewer, one fully determined by either the viewer himself or
the context in which he discovers the statement. This reliance on personal and physical
context rather than content causes my work to request a discourse with the viewer rather
than deliver an aesthetic lecture. By only functioning as art once the viewer has provided
a piece of himself, the works automatically fulfill
a personalized role for the viewer. The
statements aim to make the viewer aware of his own cognition and apply that brief insight
to other small and meaningless things he may encounter further down the street. It is rare
in everyday life that we are instantly taught how we are thinking. This response of
self-examination to my work often makes people uncomfortable, even though the statements
themselves are far from inflammatory. In following my aim for a discourse with the public
about everyday cognition, the viewers have responded. This discomfort often drives people
to respond directly to my stickers. The written replies I find scrawled on my signs and
stickers fully prove my statements are functioning as hypothesized. Some are witty and
understanding of what I am attempting. Others ask questions. And still other viewers
simply rip down my work, assuming it is some sort of invasive advertising. I aim to
document all interaction with the public in regard to this body of work, as well as most
of the locations I have displayed my texts. There are approximately 1,100 stickers
throughout Baltimore City. This site is the primary location of all my documentation.
To the right you will find an image of each of the stickers
currently up. Clicking on each image will open a gallery window in which you will be able
to navigate the documentation for each sticker. I consider photographs themselves, as the
only record of the discourse and interaction formed, far more valuable than my prints and
stickers. The photos are the work representative of this entire experiment. They are the
work shown in galleries. They are the art.
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Any and all comments or questions about
this work can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.