1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for February 2010: Man Bartlett


February’s 1stfans Twitter Art Feed artist is Brooklyn’s own Man Bartlett. Man’s work includes drawings (mostly of circles), paintings, sculpture, and, as those on twitter may know, performance. Shelley mentioned Man’s “#BestNonBuy” project a couple weeks ago, and this week Man is attempting an even greater feat of focus and stamina. #Theseus will take place beginning tomorrow morning at 9am, and will involve Man walking the “labyrinth” that is midtown Manhattan for twenty hours or so.  As Man puts in succinctly in his Artist Statement, with regards to performance he is specifically interested in “Duration in relation to space (social, environmental, physical.)” For the Twitter Art Feed, Man has proposed something called #Inpermatweet. I’ll let him explain:

A pun on the term “permalink,” this month would feature a self portrait of tweets as cumulative “full data” aggregation (e.g. links to web browsing, iPhone screenshots, twitpics of what I’m looking at, drawings in progress, “status” updates, etc). This process would further blur the lines between art/artist/life with wit and absurdity. Over the course of the month the @1stfans avatar would slowly lose its opacity, eventually reaching 0%. At the end of the month, all of my tweets would be ritualistically deleted, leaving only a single link to a memorial page that would contain the month’s data as a visual representation of memory, complete with missing or incorrectly re-represented tweets and images.

As always, 1stfans should feel free to share their feedback with Man throughout the month. As anyone who follows him on twitter knows, he’s incredibly funny and always quick with a quip. Man will be sending some of the tweets for 1stfans from Queens, where he is currently in residency at the Flux Factory, and where he will have a solo show of recent work titled Systema Mundi opening April 2.

The 1stfans Twitter Art Feed is no longer a benefit of 1stfans membership, but the original feed in its entirety has been archived on the Brooklyn Museum website.