Jennifer Dalton, ‘Sometimes I Forget to Remember to Fear Hope’, 2008, Winkleman Gallery

It is a sculpture made of 5 hinged panels of old-fashioned school letterboards attached at the sides and hinged in accordion style, each on a metal sign stand. Each letterboard has a word or two placed on it that comprise a phrase when you read them all together. Depending on where you stand in relation to the accordion-folded panels, you can either see: 1.all 5 panels, which say SOMETIMES I / FORGET TO / REMEMBER TO / FEAR / HOPE 2. If you stand so the work is foreshortened, you see just the 1st, 3rd and 5th panels which read SOMETIMES I / REMEMBER TO / HOPE 3. if you stand so the work is foreshortened the other way, you see just the 2nd and 4th panels, which read FORGET TO / FEAR

About Jennifer Dalton

Conceptual artist Jennifer Dalton centers her practice on the “mining” of a wide range of data about the art world (and the world at large), be it market statistics or a subjective survey of artists with the most wisdom. In addition to the figures and information she presents, Dalton’s choice of medium is an integral part of her work; she often uses materials that contribute to a hand-made or vintage look, as in Every Descriptive Word and Phrase Used to Describe Artists and their Work in Artforum’s “Best of 2007” (2009), a haphazard-looking pencil-on-paper list, and Contemporary Art According to Jen, (2002), a rudimentary slide presentation given on an outdated laptop computer. In recent works, Dalton has compiled images to answer loaded questions including “What does an important person look like?” (2011), using decorative frames to suggest that these people are themselves works of art.

American, b. 1967