On view in AC [Direct] II is Stephen Day and Sibylle Peretti’s mixed-media installation Suicide Notes. This ephemeral, poignant piece is composed of fifty-four text- and image/drawing-based collages on top of everyday white napkins. The impetus behind Suicide Notes are found drawings by a young artist who committed suicide. Each individual napkin records the anonymous artist’s search for a conclusive narrative within his/her existence. Simple and accessible, the notes are seemingly a quest towards leaving a poetic yet nevertheless profound eulogy from a life never fully realized.
About the Artists
Inventing projects between populist formats and satire, Day and Peretti’s work encompasses an extensive range of mediums and methodologies. Often centered on historical figures, moments, documents and artifacts, much of their work creates narratives involving universal, archetypal messages that emphasize both human strength and fragility.
Based in New Orleans, LA and Cologne, Germany, American artist Stephen Day and German artist Sibylle Peretti have collaborated under the name Club S & S since 2000. Both individually and as collaborators they have shown extensively in both international and national institutions, foundations, museums and biennials. They have been awarded multiple residencies throughout Europe and the US where their work is also part of permanent public collections in Germany and New York. Most recently they exhibited in the first biennial of New Orleans, Prospect.1.
Image courtesy the artist.