Love Buttons, Love Bites Series, 2008 - 2010
Love Buttons, Love Bites takes on love, loss, and language by flirting with the fluid parameters of public and private, prose and poem. Gregory Sale initiates this process by going public with poetic language and evocative text fragments, in the exchange of campaign-style buttons, in text printed on large aluminum signs, in text drawings on paper, and in creating participatory activities. The language of Love Buttons, Love Bites was drawn from 'found phrases' suggested by the artist’s friends and colleagues. Fifty-one different messages comprised a loosely organized framework in which some messages function in sets and others stand alone. Part psychological experiment, part collaboration with strangers, and part compulsion to elicit intimacy, the project connects participants through chance encounters and linguistic associations to spark contemplations on love.
Organizations and institutions presenting Love Buttons, Love Bites include Scottsdale Public Art Program; Glendale Arts Commission; Intervene! Interrupt! Rethinking Social Art Practice conference at University of California Santa Cruz, CA; Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; and Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson in collaboration with the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The project was developed while on artist residencies at Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY, and at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY.