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"Then (39°18'32.45"N, 76°37'18.87"W)" and "Today (and every day till then)" - William Knipscher

"Then (39°18'32.45"N, 76°37'18.87"W)" and "Today (and every day till then)"

"Today (and every day till then)" is a watermark in handmade paper. This piece began as a photograph of my coffee mug's shadow. As a watermark the image becomes exaggeratedly latent because it can only be seen when illuminated from behind. I emphasize the corporeality of the object, through the addition of a coffee ring imposed on the watermark.

"Then (39°18'32.45"N, 76°37'18.87"W)" is more removed from the strictly corporeal, focusing instead on the movement of the cosmos and considering our small actions as humans in contrast with larger astronomical movements. The piece is chalk dust on a slate blackboard. It represents the alignment of stars when considered from the vantage point of a specific geographic location at the moment of my projected death, based on numerous online life expectancy calculators. In thinking about the movement of the stars over the course of a lifetime, one is at once made to feel the comparative brevity and impermanence of human life, and also the cyclic endurance of the natural world.

Then (39°18'32.45"N, 76°37'18.87"W)

Installation view
100 year old slate chalkboard, chalk dust
78" x 48" x 6"
2011

Then (39°18'32.45"N, 76°37'18.87"W)

Installation view
100 year old slate chalkboard, chalk dust
78" x 48" x 6"
2011

"Then (39°18'32.45"N, 76°37'18.87"W)" and "Today (and every day till then)"

Installation view

Today (and every day till then)

Installation view (off)
handmade cotton rag paper with watermark, coffee, lightbox (plexiglas, wood, LEDs, Arduino)
78" x 48" x 6"
2011

Today (and every day till then)

Installation view (on)
handmade cotton rag paper with watermark, coffee, lightbox (plexiglas, wood, LEDs, Arduino)
78" x 48" x 6"
2011