I saw this piece installed at Chicago’s MCA over the summer. The piece hits on quite a few things that I really like in art work. The essence of the material informs the content of the piece. Air is used in a powerful and interesting way. There is also a nice balance of simplicity, delicacy and a hint of violence. There are elements of this train of thought in my pieces Fly on a String & Burnt (see below).
I have been trying to compile a list of ideas, subjects, artists…etc. to look at as I try to focus my thoughts toward a thesis project. As always I’m interested in a very wide array and resist categorizing as I find that boring. Defined = Boring (to me)
Anyway, here is what I have come up with so far:
Poetics of Space (Guston Bachelard): Currently reading in order to understand the theory behind space, memory and experience
Part Object, Part Sculpture (Helen Molesworth): This is an exhibition catalog from a show curated by Helen Molesworth at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2007. The exhibition is based on differentiating DuChamps readymades from the 1960’s from the one’s he debuted with in the 1920’s. From this thesis, she explores the way postwar sculpture challenges the Minimalist/Post-Minimalist sequence maintained in most accounts of the period. As my work teeters between art object and everyday object, this conversation is quite relevant for me. The artists in the show are a cross sections of so many of my favorites: Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Robert Gober, DuChamp…
Mythologies(Roland Barthes):“[Mythologies] illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes’s progressive interest in the meaning (his word is signification) of practically everything around him, not only the books and paintings of high art, but also the slogans, trivia, toys, food, and popular rituals (cruises, striptease, eating, wrestling matches) of contemporary life . . . (quoted from a review by Edward W. Said)
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king punished by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down. The endless labor of my art work that repeats in a small loop (Bless You, Pull Strings) relates to the Greek myth. I like to think about the work in this way, sort of pointless and meandering, which is why there is room for humor and poetry in the pieces. The plight of Sisyphus is relatable to the daily grind, the learning process, creating and deconstructing. Relating to the way our bodies cycle, the earth revolves around the sun, the myth only points out what we already know and understand. I also try to tap into those un/subconscious understandings we share when I use repetition and rotation in my work. It is a way to tap into a meditative state where logic falls apart, but everything makes perfect sense.
This is a mock up for a piece that I have been trying to realize for months. For now the jump ropes are attached to the wall and the mechanism is being turned by a hand held drill. There are a few aesthetic things to figure out here, but I am pretty sure I will make the piece to be free standing (no architectural support) and will mount the motor so that it can run for extended periods of time on it’s own. Without further ado…