Gabrielle Amodeo

Rear Window Project

8 August 2015 - 20 September 2015

Even a long human life adds up to only about 650,000 hours

It started with this quote:

“The bad news is that atoms are fickle and their time of devotion is fleeting – fleeting indeed.  Even a long human life adds up to only about 650,000 hours.  And when that modest milestone flashes into view, or at some point thereabouts, for reasons unknown your atoms will close you down, then silently disassemble and go off to be other things.  And that’s it for you.”1  

In an exercise of addressing her definite 32-year past and suggested 42-year future, this 65-book series traces, through a list of dates and times, from the hour of Amodeo’s birth to locate her 650,000th hour. Positioned in the Gallery's Rear Window space are two tall stacks of books, one of which, the 29th, will always be open at the current time, positioned so viewers can see the open page.  This beautifully minimalist work systematically records Amodeo's time, while reminding us of how these hours are shared by everyone and the very fleeting nature of life.

1 Bryson, Bill.  (2003).  A Short History of Nearly Everything.  London, United Kingdom:  Black Swan Publishing.

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