Here’s two effective ways of using art objects to get across the message, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Apropos since today is the first day of the rest of this year, but useful any day of any month. It’s kind of heavy to give a single day so much power anyway, so if you broke a resolution (or forgot to take your vitamins), here’s permission to give it another shot tomorrow.
Stephen “ESPO” Powers created the calendars so people could have “Fresh Starts Every Morning.” Working with Belgium’s Case Studyo, he designed an edition of 25 porcelain calendars. The object features a single, static page, but unlike Groundhog Day, viewers aren’t doomed to repeat their actions. Rather, each day can be a fresh start with new opportunities.
In 1999, Powers gave himself a fresh start by stopping writing graffiti to become a full-time fine artist. If your budget is not quite porcelain, Powers also offers a paper one-a-day calendar printed in Queens. It’s got 366 sheets of firsts and comes signed and numbered by the artist for $60 here. He says it’ll “lift the weight off all your yesterdays.” What yesterdays? There’s only todays.