Newspaper Box, 2022

Manipulated newspaper box, S-14 lightbulb, windshield squeegee, stickers, staples, endless KBL newsprint tabloids

43 × 33 × 17 inches

Newspaper Box is a sculpture containing endless copies of the Krause Book List for museum-goers to take home and engage with outside of the institutional walls. Matt Krause is a republican lawmaker in the Texas House of Representatives representing the 19th District (Fort Worth). In late 2021, Krause’s team compiled and presented a list of 850 books to be reviewed and removed from Texas’ public school shelves on the basis that such books “might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex.” For this sculpture, the Krause Book List appears virtually unaltered, only reformatted to fit on an 8-page tabloid newsprint document, with a sheet of gold star stickers attached to each tabloid.