Ilán Lieberman

Waste

2005

The work presented here can be read as my walking diary through the streets of New York City, during a residency. The series of 16 drawings are hand made copies, exact replicas of bits of paper I found in my stride.

Waste- means leftover, excess or garbage but it also speaks of time, effort or interest.
These drawings are the result of scrutinizing, with a magnifying glass, each millimeter of the piece of paper that had been thrown away, abandoned or forgotten by someone on the street.

When I came back to Mexico, I was wondering where to show this work, finally I called Semanario de lo Insólito magazine and presented myself as “The Human Photocopier”. They sent a reporter who wrote an article published in issue 733, selling in newsstands all over the country and serving as promotion and catalog for the exhibition at Celda Contemporánea in Mexico City from September 2005 to January 2006.

Win4

Graphite and color pencil on paper
4 7/16″ x 3 1/8″

Blue strip

Graphite and color pencil on paper
9 5/16″ x 1 1/8″

Date

Color pencil on paper
2 5/8″ x 1 1/2″

Teleph. Acc. Code

Color pencil on paper
1 1/2″ x 2″

Envelope

Graphite and color pencil on paper
3 3/16″ x 11/16″

Serial #

Color pencil on paper
2 3/8″ x 1 5/8″

Straw

Color pencil on paper
2 1/4″ x 13/16″

Phone Call

Color pencil on paper
1 5/8″ x 2″

Lunch

Color pencil on paper
1″ x 1″

Learn Chinese

Color pencil on paper
5/8″ x 2 3/16″

Guest Check

Graphite and color pencil on paper
6 3/16″ x 3 1/2″

Document to Show

Color pencil on paper
2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″

Coping Stones

Color pencil on paper
2 1/8″ x 2 1/2″

Card

Color pencil on paper
2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Boarding Pass (self-portrait)

Graphite and color pencil on paper
3 3/16″ x 2 3/16″

Apply Now

Color pencil on paper
2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″