Show and Tell: 06
718-554-3854 by James Chrzan

If you are staying inside, urging to move far but can’t, step into an auditory landscape created by James Chrzan instead.

Chrzan’s project 718-554-3854, as its title suggests, invites the audience to dial a phone number. On the receiving end you will hear an elusive voice telling you that any of the rooms you are about to enter could be at the center of the world. Press any key to move further into Chrzan's creation. 


An open matchbook lays flat next to a closed one on a white surface. The open one reads "718-554-3854" on the top, written in black marker.

You may find yourself reaching out to touch the walls of a stucco house, or in the moment of confusion right before you reach to turn on your bedside lamp in the dark.

In 718-554-3854, moments are portrayed as space, and any space you find yourself in exists only on the other end of the dial tone. 

To enjoy the work:
Dial 718-554-3854.

James Chrzan is an artist, writer, and musician based in Ridgewood, NY. His work engages in the long tradition of the dematerialized art object. He founded the Ridgewood Community Seed Vault in 2019 and curates the non-corporeal fine art gallery Famous Chimps. A collection of new poems, Nice Job Haunting Me, was published by Puppy American in 2019. Narcissus pseudonarcissus, an opera in two acts written with Rachel Hillery, will premiere in 2020. He plays drums in the band Julep Maisey and releases music under the name My Life as a Kinetic Sculpture.

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