Brian Bulfer
Data Paintings 2008-10:

Memory Data | Feng Shui Clock | Debt Meditation | OWS | Decline | Diamond Dust | Thai Trade | Diet Lingam | Data Paintings | Econ Drawings | Peaking











Brian Bulfer 2009
The Temporal, the Quantitative, Ideals and Quarks
oil on canvas 6'x8'



The pie discs are based on the proportion of time men and women spend their day involved in different activities.  The bottom is measuring how men spend their time, the middle is measuring how women spend their time and the top is measuring the average between the two.  Starting at twelve o’clock and moving clock wise, the categories for time spent are as follows: sleeping; grooming; eating and drinking; household activities; purchasing goods and services; working and work-related activities; relaxing and leisure; caring for and helping household members; caring for and helping non-household members; educational activities; watching TV; organizational, civic and religious activities; socializing and communicating; telephone calls (to or from); and household and personal e-mail and messages.  Rounded to the thousandth, these numbers are written at the top of each disc.

The rings of dots are measuring in a coded language the earnings of men and women in relationship to their level of education taken in 2005 (the male statistics are over lapping the male disc, the female statistics are over lapping the female disc, and the average between the two is over lapping the top disc).  The colors chosen are based on the color Luscher test that I took before the dotting ritual.  Starting from the edge and moving towards the center: doctorate is violet; professional is blue; master’s is green; bachelor’s is gray; associate’s is brown; some college, no degree is black; high school graduate only is yellow and no high school diploma is red.  Rounded to the thousandth, these numbers are written at the bottom of each disc



Census Bureau (U.S.) Statistical Abstract of the United States 2008: The National Data Book 127th ed.  Bureau of Census, 2007. p. 146