Yes, No (Arbitrary Bible)

Yes, No (Arbitrary Bible), Altered books, rice paper, acrylic paint, 12.7 x 17.8 x 7.6 cm (5 x 7 x 3 in), 2009
Yes, No (Arbitrary Bible), Altered books, rice paper, acrylic paint, 12.7 x 17.8 x 7.6 cm (5 x 7 x 3 in), 2009
Yes, No (Arbitrary Bible), Altered books, rice paper, acrylic paint, 12.7 x 17.8 x 7.6 cm (5 x 7 x 3 in), 2009
Yes, No (Arbitrary Bible), Altered books, rice paper, acrylic paint, 12.7 x 17.8 x 7.6 cm (5 x 7 x 3 in), 2009

About Yes, No (Arbitrary Bible)

In response to an idea in Michael Euyung Oh’s work I chose the Bible to apply an arbitrary decision making process. For example, in Oh’s 200 Sex Offenders (2000) he used his own standard of attraction to rate the photos. His work employs a ranking system that is meaningless and absurd, asking the viewer to question ranking systems.

While I have used my own personal preferences for choosing the text that remains legible in the YES volume as well as the NO volume, I have intended to expose in the physical what a reader does in their own mind when approaching any text, or even object. Promoting those parts that appeal, feeling elitist about those we dislike, and ignoring the rest.

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I am in the middle of a project involving the arbitrary approval and/or disapproval of passages in the Bible. Something people, at the very least, do in their minds.

This is the wrong side of the volume cover that will be titled “NO.”

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