Yes, No (Arbitrary Bible)

Yes, No (Arbitrary Bible), altered books, rice paper, acrylic paint, 12.7 x 17.8 x 7.6 cm (5 x 7 x 3 in), 2009
Yes, No (Arbitrary Bible), displaying Yes volume open.

In response to an idea in Michael Euyung Oh’s work I chose the Bible to apply an arbitrary decision making process. For example, in Oh’s 200 Sex Offenders (2000) he used his own standard of attraction to rate the photos. His work employs a ranking system that is meaningless and absurd, asking the viewer to question ranking systems.

I have used my own personal preferences for choosing the text that remains legible in the YES volume, as well as the NO volume.