Research Notes

Habits and routines can bring comfort and a sense of ease to being because we don’t have to think about doing something, we just do that something without expanding brain energy. No questioning, only action. So it was that when I was in Oaxaca in 2017 I decided I would…

There is a term that sociologists use to describe the unspoken social contract that occurs in many different cultures: civil inattention.* It describes how we behave as pedestrians and in public spaces to maintain personal distance, physical or emotional, at any given moment; depending on one’s mood, one might switch…

I read somewhere that the comedian Jerry Seinfeld kept a year wall calendar where he would cross out each day when he wrote a joke. The idea was to have a visual reminder that became a motivator to not break the chain of crosses. I found myself doing the same…

What influences well-being? You could answer this with a pie chart and with hard numbers as Sonja Lyubomirski* first did in her book The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want (2008), but it seems eventually she came to regret stating things so “scientifically.” She…

i have read somewhere that thinking about happy moments makes you happy, feel positive, good. this was offered up as an antidote to loneliness; in other words, think negative thoughts and you’ll feel shitty. of course, this alone isn’t sufficient to changing your outlook on life; but it is one…

a short list: an artist that goes on and off the grid (agnes martin) an artists who gives up agency (charlotte posenensky) an artist who refuses to be celebretized (cady noland) an artist who exits the art world in exchange for the real (laurie parsons) an artist that plays with…

There are now three rectangles in my studio room. One for office work, one for artwork, and one for yoga practice. The artwork rectangle is the new one. Before, that was all office. It was six feet long. But now, the office rectangle is four feet long, the art six…

During a studio visit from art dealer Arne Glimcher in 1976, Agnes Martin said, “When I work, I diet so as not to have any distraction from food. Sometimes I’ll eat only one thing, like bananas, and anytime I get hungry, I say, ‘Agnes, have another banana’ and that’s it,…

Again, as part of her biography, Agnes Martin sent a list to Arnold, an American art dealer, of the places she lived in and the ones she travelled in.1 Agnes Martin…I have lived in: Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia Washington Oregon California Delaware New York New Mexico I have travelled in:…

The minimalist American painter, Agnes Martin (1912-2004), sent this list of places she worked at to Arnold (Arne Glimche), an American art dealer, as part of her biography.1 The range of her work experience, and her mobility within the work field, is impressive. I wondered how I would stack next…

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