folios
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folios 1-20
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In the "folios" set of drawings, I take pages from found/discarded books and black out all the letters on the pages, leaving only the letters that spell out the text of "Waiting for Godot." Implicit in this act is the impossibility of its completion. Like the characters in the play, I am performing repetitive and ultimately fruitless actions in the process of looking for an indeterminate meaning, which may be impossible to discover. But in that process, meaning (as purpose and adherence to an invented system) is created as a by-product of the very experience.

Clover Archer  folios


system:
Redact all the text on the found book pages excepting the letters that spell out the dialogue for "Waiting for Godot." The first line of the play is: "Nothing to be done."

current progress:
40 folios to locate the dialogue from the first 12 pages of the Godot script
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folio 1 (nothing to be done)
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folio 2 (and I resumed the struggle)
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folio 3 (we’ll have to celebrate)
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folio 4 (where his highness spent the night)
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folio 5 (same lot as usual)
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folio 6 (be you’d be nothing)
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folio 7 (on the other hand)
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folio 8 (and help me off)
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folio 9 (they wouldn’t even let us)
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folio 10 (never happen to you)
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folio 11 (me it hurts)
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folio 12 (things of life)
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folio 13 (maketh the something sick)
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folio 14 (queer how shall I say)
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folio 15 (be done)
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folio 16 (his feet)
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folio 17 (suppose we repented)
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folio 18 (privation merely smile)
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folio 19 (do you remember)
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folio 20 (land coloured)
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