MFA ART CENTER
The space was a two week installation that was treated as a single show.
The work was sculpture that used materials specific to the industrial trades. Steel, construction, railroads, printing. The subject investigated was one of the scale and balance between humans and industrial vs natural environments.
The work was manipulated every day throughout the 6 days to emphasise no permanence and to encourage the viewer to either remember the previous days installation , or experience it as a wholly new sculpture if not seen previous.
The objects that were in the space for first week are part of the history of the space and can be discussed through previous observation or memory.
The transition of the space is part of the discussion of who has access to view the work and if is a RIGHT.
Access to spaces depending on class defined by socio-economics
Space appears "void" of work. Access to the "upper" work is “JUST OUT OF TOUCH”/ “ FACE TO THE GLASS”/ "GLASS CIELING”
Viewing the work "above" changes the perception of the work
You become part of the work or "observed"
Uses space, materials and room to change presentation of traditional modalities from a object based (sculptures) to a reflection and self observation
A/C ( privleged expericence) s above. Warm and still ambient temperature, basic utilities below
Perception changes in light, physical alteration of space
Aaron Curry led class critique and discussion.
Continuing investigation on human and industrial balance and co existence
Purposeful manipulation of common tool known as a "tie down" used to secure objects in spaces, typically of automotive nature in transportation. Shipping containers were used as industrial anchor that was tied to existing trees that are "captured" in an unnatural environment. The purposed of trees negated and relegated to " human experience" only such as beautification and adornment. The ongoing balance and compromise of both object and human interaction and their effect on both systems.
Outside of gallery initiated to elicit impromptu responses and interaction.
Relegated by institutional security and hierarchy.
Addressing memory vs observation of memories, and resulting effect of recalling memories.
I emptied my studio to create a void in space that retained and echo or memory of the work created in the space. The holes in the wall to the adjoining space where the contents were placed were both a "portal" to the space where the "work" had moved, but also allowed light to enter into the void that could only be viewed when enclosed in the void. The charcoal on the floor had remnants of the table that was in the original space, allowing the viewers to experience the work as a tactile object along with the void. If viewer had no memory of previous inhabitant, they were free to bring their own history into the room for quiet recollection.
Space and light as object.
Performance piece during open studios that saw me "return" to the void. Work that was in process and finished work could be viewed as part of "physical" work that was used to actully do the work.
Perception of "Art" is affeted by the observation of the process used to create the Art.
Work as Art.
Industrial objects and the intersection or natural with humans. Displacement and juxtaposition of human role in control and appropriation of natural systems.
I "removed" physical mass without permission from a wall and the blacktop outside of the gallery. I then placed the "plugs" in the gallery to emphasize the displacement of space and mass, and to illustrate how perception changes authenticity. Was the material actually removed or was in duplicated. By bringing the outside in, the mundane industrial materials that we rely on for existence become elevated to "art". Questions displacement were attempted to be initiated. The work was changed and reduced during the 2 weeks of viewing until the collapsed into a homogenized perception of "recycling" and never ending appropriation.
Video that accompanied installation that documented the "taking" actions.
I reinstalled the sculptures next to their suggested "voids" in an attempt to simplify the message of displacement of space and perception of Authenticity, as well as giving "life" to mechanized systems and areas that are considered mundane and automatic.
Painting on sculpture dealing with the intersection of mechanics and and physicality. Process and evolving through connection with Work were are primary investigations.
More paintings dealing with the intersection of mechanics and physicality. Process and evolving through connection with Work were primary concerns.
The pieces are developed through the use of motor oils and liquids used in the maintenance of motors. Canvases were developed by placing under vehicles engines.
"Performance" that highlights personal relationship with mechanics and work. What is considered a "sterile" or cleansing action, this personal behavior is imbedded with ceremonial associations and intersections with machine and tools.