ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original idea sketch next to a finished piece. This week, artist Man Bartlett talks about 24-hour project #BestNonBuy.

A few years ago I spent 24 hours in a Best Buy shopping but not buying anything. I tweeted the whole thing while taking suggestions from people following the hashtag about what I shouldn’t buy.

The basic idea came to me when it took three hours to return a misguided purchase and I realized I didn’t actually need anything in that store. I posted the idea to Tumblr the same day I had it and gave myself a start date of a week away, enough time to figure out what else it could be.

It turned out to be a lot of fun, and actually ended up leading to a whole body of related work.

 

 

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