Edition of 10: 2009
Archival inkjet printing, typewriter corrections & notary stamps on Dobbin Mill papers
9.25″ x 12.25″
Affidavit is an artist book about a ‘day in the life of an artist…’ spanning seven official affidavits that have been notarized in New York City, by different notary officers. Hungarian writer, István Örkény’s story of the same name, from his “One Minute Stories”, was the fillip for this small edition.
Affidavit is both a performance and artist book: the exchanges with the notaries while requesting their services often segued into complex discussions: of what is a signature/ what is identity/ what are signifiers of identity. This engagement, which took place over weeks, is described in the “Compendium”.
To get a sense of the performative aspect of “Affidavit”, the business cards I collected, along with some receipts, and the notarized Hungarian versions are here displayed with the book.
The book lies in a box, designed like office filing storage, with a compartment below for the “Compendium to Affidavit”.