The world is filled with things. Things that are made, things that are bought and sold, things that are collected and displayed, things that are hidden or lost, things that will all eventually disappear.
These things reveal themselves to us through their uses and their physical matter, but also through their absences. Consider that pocketknife lost while camping, that coveted designer handbag that was never purchased, the classic rock album thrown away by a careless parent, or that dog-eared copy of Walden that was lent to a friend who has yet to give it back. These unavailable things have the capacity to generate a provocative negative space in our daily lives that can slowly turn into a demanding absence.
Untitled Project: ANY THING YOU WANT is designed to help fill your empty space of longing with a real, hand-carved and painted sculpture, a tangible simulation of that specific thing you want. This simulated thing will stand in for and point to the very thing you want even as it foregrounds the absence of the real thing. This project is positioned somewhere between a custom carved/painted sculpture-to-order service and a surrogate replacement agency for lost or missing things. In every way, Untitled Project: ANY THING YOU WANT provides us with an extended opportunity to think about things.