ReadingBlanket.net TM was shown at the Stray Show with TrackHouse Nomadic Circus Experience and Other Worldly Delights: the Great Artist Landshare Remote Backside of Aspen Mountain
"Reading Blanket After Masuo Tribble", 2006, gray wool blanket (65% new, 35% reprocessed), cuffs, silk screen paint, 60" x 84"
"Reading Blanket After Keegan Mitseff", 2006, green wool blanket (65% new, 35% reprocessed), cuffs, silk screen paint, 66" x 84"
The Reading Blanket was invented in Chicago, on a cold night in November 2005. I like to read in bed and to keep my bedroom cool. Reading in bed leaves the arms exposed. Cutting two holes in a blanket and finishing them with cuffs to just stick out the hands to hold a book was a really nice solution. Later, talking to Kim Mitseff about my possible contribution to her project in Colorado, it seemed that Reading Blankets would be useful when camping on her property, but first I wanted to get an idea what that property is like. The drawings on the blankets are my copies of drawings I asked Kim’s family to make after they had spent the summer there, hosting artists they had invited to come out and do art projects and to camp out on the land.

There is also a strong relation to my other work, diagramming texts and institutions. As those other works, these drawings are based on my reading of a form that someone else has initially assembled. These are maps of maps, as my diagrams are maps of pre-existing texts and structures. I very much enjoyed holding a brush again, after years of mainly working on a computer.

"Reading Blanket After Kim Mitseff", 2006, gray wool blanket (65% new, 35% reprocessed), cuffs, silk screen paint, 60" x 84"
"Reading Blanket After Nik Mitseff", 2006, green wool blanket (65% new, 35% reprocessed), cuffs, silk screen paint, 66" x 84"
"Reading Blanket After Cora Mitseff", 2006, green wool blanket (65% new, 35% reprocessed), cuffs, silk screen paint, 66" x 84"