THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING   neon with driver, wall paint, :90 of programming, 216" x 720" x 1", 2007. Installation view: SFMOMA, 2011. Collection: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

Real American place names that evoke a sense of nothingness. Each of these unlikely spots is identified by its latitude & longitude. The neon animates on and off to illuminate various haiku-like sets of names: NIX NADA NAMELESS, for example.

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING   (detail), 2007

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING   (detail), 2007 

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING   2007

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

DOUBLE STANDARD  two different colors of neon, 12" x 48" x 1", 2007

Identical placenames, with their GPS coordinates, in neon. Together, they create a map of two points. A cartography as willful, arbitrary and accurate as any other.

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

BLUE NEON  two different colors of blue neon, 12" x 48" x 1", 2007

Once again, real American placenames ...