The Sadness of Life

Amanda Trager

The original, virtual version (The Sadness of Life, 2002, Acrylic on paper, two panels, 115" x 162") was shown at the Brooklyn Museum in 2004 in a group show called "Open House: Working in Brooklyn".

More recently (2008), it was included as a billboard shown in public space in the "Emerging Wor(l)ds Billboard Text Art Project" as part of the Tina B. The Prague Contemporary Art Festival. (Scroll down to 9th image).

Its genesis is the following: I had assigned my students to write a paper in response to an artwork of their choosing at the Whitney Museum's "Bitstreams" show. One of my students wrote a nearly incoherent paper on a work by Craig Kalpakjian that was nevertheless deeply moving, mysterious and unbearably sad. I made the piece I've described above in response to her writing... I could say more, but I'll leave it at that.