In January of 2009, after attending the exhibition of Unmonumental, the inaugural installation of the New Museum on the Bowery, I drove home to Hudson NY. On Warren Street, the main street of town, Passing by the untended flea market, John Doe Books and Records, I was drawn to the random tableaux of junk, seemingly artfully arranged. In some ways it didn’t look especially different than the exhibition I had just seen. I took dozens of pictures with nothing particularly in mind, certainly not an installation on site of huge tee-shirts (purchased at Walmart, oh-no) with iron-on images of redacted texts from Jerry Saltz’s review of the New Museum and the inaugural show. A shout-out to Dan Seward, the proprietor of the site for saying, Do it, whatever you want.
What follows are some pages of the documentation of the installation, a 32 page full color book, currently housed in the archives of CCS Bard Hessel Museum and in a box of remainders in my Greenpoint studio.
Street view of John Doe (Bunnybrains) Books and Records before and after the installation.