"Disappearing Ink" installation view from above at AMUM
John Salvest during installation of "Disappearing Ink"
Eric Bork hanging flying news papers, each of which is an individual front page from
The Jonesboro Sun. Eric played an important role in the installation of this exhibition
and fabricating the news paper birds.
Salvest also created an installation piece for Disappearing Ink. Exhibited throughout
the United States and in Europe, John Salvest's art is based on his collections of
things most people toss out without a thought: coffee filters, chalk nubs, cigarette
butts, matches, chewed gum, old business cards, fingernail clippings and the daily
newspaper. His inventory includes 20 years or approximately 7000 consecutive issues
of The Jonesboro Sun. His installation for Disappearing Ink is a giant flock of startled
birds rising, turning and filling the top 40,000 cubic feet of AMUM's main gallery.
Each of the 1400 birds is a front page from the most recent four years of the Sun.
John Salvest (left), Jason Miller (Center), Jan Hankins (background) at Jamie Harmon's
Amurica Studio for a Disappearing Ink Submission event, which took place February
6th in Crosstown Memphis, TN.
Jason Miller generates audio recordings of statements and makes portraits of each
willing participant of Disappearing Ink. This is only half of the multi-sectional
submission process that also requires filling out a loan agreement and condition report.
David McCarthy (left) with John Salvest (Right) during a submissions event at Rhodes
Submission event at Rhodes College (left to right) Brooke Mundy, Jason Miller, Amy
Jasperson, Leslie Luebbers
Submission event at The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, Jason Miller and Brooke Mundy
The Jonesboro Sun graciously opened up as a submission location for a day long event,
and as part of hosting allowed its archive to become part of the Exhibition. A special
thanks is due to Kellie Cobb, who played an important role in setting up the event
at The Jonesboro Sun.
This project would not be possible without the following participants:
The Student Activity Fee Fund, The Jonesboro Sun, Amurica Studio, The Booksellers
at Laurelwood, Burke's Books, The Parkview, Rhodes College, Scottish Rite Foundation,
Chucalisa Museum, Brooke Mundy, Ashley Stanton, Penny Dodds, John Salvest, Les Christensen,
AMUM staff, and all those who submitted materials.