Take a Rubbing, Leave a Mark is a hand-drawn facsimile of a gallery floor made through a series of rubbings and the unintended trace left behind.
A rubbing pulls into it the shape of floor, the pits and cracks and holes, along with human debris, the hair, dust and skin. A little gross and dirty, but there’s a kind of poignancy in these rubbings as a collection of fragments of existence from this lived-in space.
A reciprocity is established in the taking and leaving. I took something of the gallery in the facsimile of the floor, stealing some of the things that belong to that space; the dust and the skin and the shape of the floor. But I also left something behind in the form of temporary marks, made by the pencil skidding over the edges of the page. These were eventually scuffed away.
This ongoing project has had iterations at RM (where the original was made) and Blue Oyster Project Space, where both a new facsimile was made and the RM facsimile was exhibited.