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Found & Chosen: Letters

Following up on my previous Found & Chosen post, I found these letters over the course of several days’ walking. I’ve deducted that these were thrown away by contractors renovating an old house, and they must have blown out of a dumpster. I’ve obscured the corresponder’s names.

A todo list
The Back of a todo list

These scraps stirred my imagination, and I toyed with scripting them into an animation – both, literally read, and loosely based upon the content of these papers. I didn’t get anywhere interesting, so I’ll shelve the idea for now. The actual papers went into a time capsule my girlfriend made to archive the pandemic time in our life.

I find the following letters very intriguing!

Water based ink from a fountain pen, inspirational quotes, and a lost tobacco pouch. Love AND Joy.

I learned this about the Hudson River State Hospital.

The Hudson River State Hospital, is a former New York state psychiatric hospital which operated from 1873 until its closure in the early 2000s. The campus is notable for its main building, known as a “Kirkbride,” which has been designated a National Historic Landmark due to its exemplary High Victorian Gothic architecture, the first use of that style for an American institutional building. It is located on US 9 on the Poughkeepsie-Hyde Park town line.
The entire facility was built over the last three decades of the 19th century, at great cost. Once complete, it would be used as intended for much of the first half of the next century. As psychiatry moved away from inpatient treatments, it began to decline in use until its closure at century’s end. Today, it is slowly deteriorating out of public view as it awaits reuse.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_State_Hospital

There are fantastic photos of the hospital in various states of ruin – I’m not going to link to any sites, but a Google search will show wonderful photos.

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Found & Chosen

As I take my exercise though the pandemic, I often find small, curious, abandoned objects. Some of these, I bring home.

3 lego bricks and a bread tie
Rusty Bottle Cap
Frayed audio cable
Collection of trash - bread ties, lego, audio cable, old CD, a doll's shoe

I hope this finds you well.

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This makes me happy

2020 has some good stuff, too.
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Going Dark – Brentwood Arts Exchange

Hey folks!

Here’s a cool event that I’m participating in! I’m not on Facebook anymore, I just copy information from there:

Brentwood Arts Exchange is proud to announce Going Dark, a group video exhibition opening in the Main Gallery on Wednesday, July 23 accompanied by a vibrant virtual component, streaming to your homes through our digital platforms.

Viewing schedule to be released by email, with various works highlighted across online platforms throughout the duration of the exhibit. Closing reception will feature a watch party with all videos streamed in their entirety.

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This is the first group exhibition in which I’m presenting animation. Please check it out!

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A few days away….

Jim Doran Weird Science

It’s been a long time coming!

This is a screen capture of digital signage that is displayed on Towson University’s campus for my upcoming MFA graduate show.

I’ll share more shortly, but couldn’t wait to post this.