JOHN CARROLL & JAMIE-LEE JOSSELYN

artists' statement

Remember, a line cannot exist alone; it always brings a companion along. Do remember that one line does nothing; it is only in relation to another that it creates a volume.

-- Henri Matisse

"Gasp" is a commentary on the vicissitudes of communication, the American workplace and humor in the midst of the technological culture of the twenty-first century. We began "Gasp" in early September 2007 during a typical work day at the Kelly Writers House. We had no idea the project would extend beyond that day itself -- and continues to expand even beyond this exhibition. Beginning with sheer verbiage, perhaps a result of our inspiration, love of the organized, archivable dross of the everyday -- the everyhour! -- and admitted distractibility, "Gasp" gained momentum rapidly. The very existence of the collaboration for us has become a place to stand, a kind of (virtual) linguistic thatch.

At the heart of this project is our appreciation of humanity, of how people come together regardless of logistical misgivings and language and technology's inevitable, unavoidable insufficiency. It is our hope that "Gasp" will cross the very lines in which it exists and evoke in its viewers an utter as breathtaking as the title itself.

We wish to thank S. Daniel Laracy for his generosity, support and vision. We would also like to extend our gratitude to John Ashbery, Jill Budd, John & Rita Carroll, Alan J. Filreis, Richard Ford, James Josselyn, David Letterman, Jessica Lowenthal, Chris Mustazza, Alfred J. Pancake, Mia Paz, Rachael Paz, John Secor and Jane Treuhaft. They are simultaneously in and around the lines of this project -- whether they know it or not.