The Cost of Love

Danica Phelps
The Cost of Love
Installation view

January 11 - February 19, 2012


Brennan & Griffin is very pleased to present The Cost of Love, an exhibition of new work by Danica Phelps. 

For more than a decade, Phelps has been chronicling her own life through a series of charts and drawings that detail the passing of time and her daily actions. Working serially and using self imposed limits, Phelps has created a system of painted stripes that correlate to her income, expenses, and debt. Similar to On Kawara and Hanne Darboven, Phelps developed a system to represent time and and her daily activities - from the mundane to the highly emotional - in a mathematically predetermined and structured code.

For her show at the gallery, Phelps has produced a series of panels that represent a recent turn of events in the artist's life and for the the first time, do not track the passing of time, but rather chronicles the phenomenon of loss.  The Cost of Love details the split with her girlfriend through the text of court papers and the subsequent financial fallout.  Works in the show combine Phelps' system of painted colored stripes to document her finances that are interspersed with the legal narrative from the housing court judgement that unfolds word by word from one panel to the next.  Again, using her personal life as her source,  Phelps explores highly charged and emotional territory in repetitive and systematic marks with subtle gradations of hue and tone.   The Cost of Love is remarkable for its elegant illustration of loss which when viewed as a whole, reflects a project that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Phelps received her MFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and has been exhibiting her work internationally for over a decade.  This will be Phelps' sixth Solo Exhibition in New York and the fifth exhibition with the gallery.  Phelps has recently mounted Solo Exhibitions at Nolan Judin, Berlin, Ritter/Zamet, London, Zach Feuer, New York, Sister, Los Angeles, and Nieves Fernandez, among others.