Sue Scott Gallery

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R.C. Baker
The Village Voice, June 2011

David Shapiro

How many bills and receipts do you generate each year? Impossible to figure? In obsessively detailed drawings re-creating his every bank statement, ticket stub, and credit-card bill, David Shapiro reveals his exact output for 2010. Using pencil, gouache, and ink, the artist has faithfully re-drawn every corporate logo and row of figures, down to the decimal point. The lines of text on a Pearl Paint receipt easily fool the eye, but close observation reveals the fastidious handwork. Equally fascinating is seeing the record of a year in a life—letters from lawyers, plane tickets—outlined through numbers, itineraries, and legalese. At least Shapiro won't have to worry about proving his art expenses to an IRS auditor.

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