Paul asked me to use to choose 100 images to frame for his upcoming show at Sideshow gallery

I pressed pause on the website and clicked individual polaroids until one came up that I particularly liked. Then I would hold down the “ctrl” key and choose the option ‘open in another tab.’ There I could see the title of the image/image number and record it.

What would happen on the main page is that I would ultimately come up with 6 images I liked and would not want to click on any more of the images. I liked how all 6 of the images looked together and would record their individual numbers and draw a diagram of their sequence so I could later print them as a series. This sense of creating an artwork, of arranging images until they were precious, reveals Paul’s generous nature and interactive element to his artwork. It is very much a shared experience, a small and intimate collaboration and relationship with another person’s artwork.

Often I would become trigger-happy and accidentally click on an image I liked, making it disappear too suddenly. I would then mourn the loss of that image and keep trying to resurrect it by clicking continuously. The summoning of lost images along with the discovery of new ones began establishing a relationship between me, the viewer and the images, the art.

In the randomization it is possible to bring up two or more of the same images simultaneously.

It made me recall a memory game I used to play as a child. All the cards would remain face down and with each turn you would turn over two cards, revealing two images. If they matched you drew out the pair. If they didn’t you placed them facedown and tried to remember where the images were for the next turn.

Chandalin Winifred Lancaster