June 2015, Lapham's Quarterly / by Alina Bliumis

THANK YOU PAINTINGS EXCHANGE IS FEATURED IN PHILANTHROPY ISSUE, LAPHAM'S QUARTERLY, 2015 SUMMER ISSUE

Thank You Paintings Exchange initiates a series of material, social, gestural, intellectual and monetary exchanges between artist and collector. The series of paintings depict scenes of everyday life: a woman sitting on a deserted beach, children playing, cars parked in front of a suburban home, etc. Each painting has the text, Thank You For Your painted on it, completed with words such as Email, Poem, Kiss, Prayers, Dance, Pants, Thoughts. Sometimes a viewer might detect a relationship between the text and the subject of the painting, but there is no deliberate, direct relationship. The painting points toward the value of the painting as an artwork, while the text points toward the exchange the artists propose to initiate with the collector.