unmonumentATL: Nathan Sharratt

For our unmonumentATL series, we asked 13 artists to share their personal un-monuments with our readers. From January 13 to 29, we will present one artist’s submission per day. And don’t miss Nick Kahler‘s incisive two-part essay on the subject. UnmonumentATL was conceived by former BURNAWAY editor Rachel Reese.  

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 

Atlanta, Georgia

Outside the courtyard gate to my studio at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is a concrete sidewalk slab that goes nowhere. You just stand on it while you’re plugging in your gate code. It’s a stand walk, I suppose. I’m pretty sure it was cast in 2009. I know this because someone carved their initials and the date into the a lower corner, presumably when the concrete was still wet: “SKW09.” The zero caught my eye, because the author drew the glyph as a square with a diagonal slash. It’s the same symbol I use as a signature to mark my artwork as a signature: a square with a diagonal slash (a visual pun created by overlapping my initials, N and S). Whenever I see it as I’m standing there, entering my code, I think about how I didn’t make that concrete slab, how I didn’t sign it, and how I didn’t do an infinite number of things on this space. I did not solve all the world’s problems. I did not fulfill some lifelong goal. I did not meet my true love. I did not eat breakfast. I did not finish this sentence.

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