Ruth Phaneuf Fine Arts is pleased to present Dylan Stone’s latest project in New York entitled ‘100 years of personal pocket diaries, 100 years of receipts and invoices, 100 years of printed programmes.’
Known for his conceptual work and impressive skills as a draftsman and as a sculptor, Dylan Stone’s work is often large in scale and involves systems of organization and cataloguing. Brought up in England, Stone has developed a profound personal connection to the evolution of art and thought in the modern era. Institutions such as the museum and the library have been a constant source of fascination for him. They represent the emblematic repository of knowledge and taxonomy, using systems of display that combine refinement and reverence. Often described as an urban archaeologist, Dylan Stone has methodically rummaged through European flea markets and the Internet in search of the perfect object.
In this installation, Stone has assembled an archive of prints and diaries from the past century. For each year of the 1900’s there is a corresponding pocket diary, receipt, invoice and printed program. The collection unveils a world, which is becoming increasingly foreign to us. The intersection between commerce, entertainment and the personal offers a radically different set of sociological references and codes than those familiar today.
In one diary, a British schoolboy vividly chronicles in his drawings what he hears on the radio, that day in 1941. During the first half of the century, financial transactions are recorded by hand on stationery paper of many shapes and forms. In fine scripts or hurried scribbles, these drawings carry an undeniable personal touch. They give us insights into quotidian life, through detailing specific purchases and prices: a hat, car repairs, a room in a hotel. A program from 1946 by the Piccadilly Theater invites us to see Vivien Leigh in “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder and directed by Laurence Olivier.
“100 Years,” sums up a century of the everyday, transporting the viewer backwards in time. It is a meaningful addition to Stone’s oeuvre in which accumulation, preservation, and retrieval have played active roles. Stone’s related archive-based works include Won’t You Come and See My Master Drawings (1998), Drugstore Photographs or a Trip Along The Yangtze River (2000), Sherrie Levine by Dylan Stone (2002), Barbara and David Stone’s Bookshelf (2008).
Dylan Stone is a Graduate of the School of Visual Arts, New York. He was included in the first Greater New York at MoMA PS1 in 2000 and he received an award by the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in 1998. His work is in private collections in Europe and the USA as well as the New York Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Dylan Stone lives and works in London, UK.