New York

Danica Phelps

LFL Gallery

While most people’s efforts to track their expenses fizzle after a few weeks, this activity has been the basis of Danica Phelps’s art practice since 1996. Every last dollar gets assiduously recorded with a tiny stroke of color on a small card: green for income, red for expense, and (a relatively new development) gray for credit. Those marks are a constant in a larger, increasingly complex system documenting not only her financial life but also her daily activities and relationships—along with the changing value of her art-making Phelps an obsessive yet whimsical bookkeeper/cataloguer of her own life.

Phelps also painstakingly records her daily doings on hand-ruled, Filofax-like charts broken into half-hour increments. which in the aggregate make her life appear quite considered and civilized (“work on invites for show,” “eat and watch Star Trek with Chris”). This is a diary of activities,

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