Quondam's 28th Year       Stephen Lauf

Had a somewhat lengthy conversation with Angie Van Scyoc on the phone this afternoon. Angie is the Chief Operating Officier of Lynnewood Hall Preservation Foundation.

At 4:13 pm, Ed Kurz texts me that he can come here to build the new studio shelving tomorrow.

2024.05.06 21:30
Hello Angie,
Thank you again for speaking with me on the phone earlier today. I can't tell how nice it was speaking with someone about shared passions. What follows is a brief outline of my personal passions/projects as they presently stand. It is my hope, now, for the Lynnewood Hall Preservation Foundation to also be one of my passions/projects.
Here you will see all the paintings that comprise Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service along with the story behind the work--above all else, Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service is a very contemporary example of conceptual art, and, to that end, if LHPF does get involved with Mary Boone's 180 hours of community service, then that too will be part of this work's story, indeed a very big part of the story. Clicking on any image will connect you a larger version of the image along with the works archival data. You will also see mention of The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project, which is my next passion/project.
The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project was published at quondam.com almost daily from 28 May 2022 to 9 November 2023. The story here evolved over the time it took me to write it. After being into the 'story' for several months, I came to know when the story was going to end, but I had no idea how the story was going to end. Spoiler alert: it ended quite remarkably as a story all about discoveries and the making thereof. Just in the past last two weeks I am now working in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Archives taking The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project to a next level, placing the discovery into the existing Piranesi history. At present, I am preparing to give the PAFA Archives the rights to The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project along with my 165 pages of handwritten notes on the discovery/project. In the midst of working on The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project, on 22 April 2023, I receive a (completely unexpected) request from Yura Plokhov, a curatorial assistant, asking permission to feature my "Timepiece of Humanity" within a forthcoming exhibit at GES2 House of Culture, Moscow, which leads to my next passion/project.
Art the can be construed as supporting LGBTQ+ rights, an art exhibit currently happening at museumpeace.com, 19 October 2023 to 18 October 2024, came about because, while my "Timepiece of Humanity" was on exhibit at the House of Culture, Moscow, the Russian Supreme Court outlawed all cultural expressions that can be construed as supporting LGBTQ+ rights. When that happened I did not send any message to the House of Culture regarding my disapproval of the new law (mainly because I didn't want anyone at the House of Culture potentially getting into real trouble), but I did post at museumpeace.com that the "Timepiece of Humanity" is indeed a cultural expression that supports LGBTQ+ rights because LGBTQ+ rights are also my rights. I've never expressed this before, but, just in writing all this down for you, I've now come to realize just how life changing that far-away event was for me--I, or my art, have never been 'political,' nor have I ever taken on the mantle of an advocate, and here I am now more happy and satisfied with my life than I've ever been before.
There's one more passion/project--Ury House--but I'll leave that for another time.
I'm greatly looking forward to meeting you and Ed Thursday evening.

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