THE OBAMA PROJECT
Two boxes, two separate times, presenting Haptic Drawings & Journal entries made while taking the pulse of the country during the emergence & final days of Obama’s Presidency
January 20 – April 29, 2009
The First 100 Days of Obama was initiated as a drawing and journal project on January 20, 2009, the occasion of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the new President of the United States. For each day, Stephen Vincent—artist, poet and writer—created a “haptic” drawing. Made with pen and ink, the abstract marks emerged from a close listening to public and/or private sounds of the particular day.
October 13 – January 20, 2017
As with The First 100 Days of Obama this new work will include a new haptic ink drawing for each day with commentary on its backside. This time, however, the drawings will be in both black and in color. The project will be enriched on geographic and virtural levels some of which will include train travel from San Francisco to cross the continent while artist and pen take the current visual and conversational pulse among places of American historic significance, including sites important to Obama’s biography: Chicago, Boston, Walden Pond, New York City, Gettysburg, Washington D.C., New Orleans and so forth.