“But, art as a practical precedent is forever young and physically here with us. Works of art, as theoretical constructs, hold their place in a field of knowledge. As historical artifacts, they speak of ancestry and parental origins. As practical precedents, works of art are orphans, ready to be adopted, nurtured and groomed to the needs to any astonishing new circumstances.”—Dave Hickey, “Orphans,” Art in America, January 2009
Orphans, 2009, oil on canvas, 4”x 4”
Adopted Orphan Paintings
This project is a variation of another conceptual project that I started in 2004—Open Adoption for Art. I took out an announcement and had an installation at the Pool Art Fair. I made people a gift a painting, with a contract, for up to a year. That project is now complete. And my Offering Project (Participant .net Ars Electronica 1998).
Holly Crawford, NYC 2010