Stretch

Danica Phelps
Integrating Sex into Everyday Life, 2003 – 2006
Watercolor, gouache, pencil and recycled currency on Japanese silk tissue
25 x 24 inches
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April 15 - June 13, 2006

Since 1996 Danica Phelps has been documenting all of her income and expenses through drawings in a system that becomes increasingly layered and complex. In this system, each drawing is a depiction of a daily activity and documentation of a financial transaction, and each dollar is represented by a single stripe of watercolor: green for income, red for expense and grey for credit. Having just sold her house in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to buy a 4 family house in Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, Phelps sees her financial and personal life stretching and changing as money spent years ago on her first home has appreciated dramatically and through the purchase of a new house is immediately spent again. Now Phelps finds herself in the middle of the vast task of painting 250,000 green stripes and 250,000 red stripes to represent the money coming in, and then going right back out again. Overwhelmed by the nature by this task Phelps hired three assistants to help but they've only managed the green ones so far. Now, to take on the red ones, she's calling for painters in Los Angeles to join her endeavor. During the first week of her exhibition at Sister Gallery, she will invite potential stripe painters to come by. After finding three people to help, they will complete the task in the gallery during the show.


Danica's work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Time Out New York and the LA Times

She has had exhibitions at Zach Feurer Gallery(LFL), New York, NY, Galerie Schutte, Essen, Germany, Ritter/Zamet, London (UK),  New Museum of Contemporary Art, NewYork, NY, Institute of Contemporary Art,
Portland, ME, PS 1/MOMA, New York, NY, ICA at Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL and la caixa in Barcelona