September 14, 2013 § 2 Comments
Walking into a small, dark gallery like the Project Space, located within Crane Arts, one might expect to be confronted with the unknown – the bends or flows of traditional painting or sculpture – something that puts one at an arms length from the thoughts of the artist. This was not the case.
The walls and floors here were covered with the familiar. Objects rendered from a genre scene of everyday life and transfigured into a conglomeration of thought or memory. Very personal, yet universal in thinking. I believe that one could associate the objects and drawings used in this collection with very specific memories and moments from their lives.
Rebecca Tennenbaum, David Meekins and Arielle Passenti made their own little pieces of everyday life speak to a larger audience, even better with one another’s art. I like the assemblage of everyday objects or recreation of thing’s known in visions of ways unexpected.
Walking first left and then clockwise around the room, there was a grouping of red, yellow, blue, and green objects, including a ping-pong paddle, blurting out their thoughts from the wall; there was a gray, taxidermed something or other purring in conjunction with some rotary system on the floor;there were some semi-origami and green meshed collages with string that made you feel, for some reason, like you were at a childhood lake-house; and there was a bright yellow painting that resembled a video camera shooting a sheath of Mylar containing a dictated black squiggle.
Continuing on, these pieces felt both simultaneously synthetic and organic; there was something to be said about a connection between the natural and the mechanical.
As if one’s mind snapped a photo of a scene somewhere out in the woods and also happened to have seen a construction sight and crane earlier in the day, and married the two.
Or a long day at school with pens and pencils mixed with a Christmas setting or a dinner out later in the evening.
Specifically, there were a few pieces that struck me personally: there was a strong metal sheet hanging as if it were ripped from a large mechanism and glued to the wall, which it matched in color.
From the metal hung a red fruit sack, containing papers and plastics. In the sack, there was a drawing of a terrified or angry chef stirring soup. These objects in cohesion with themselves served up no answer, but allowed me to draw my own connections. The metal sheet becomes a meat cleaver, and the Christmas wrappings made me feel as if this job were someone’s present to their customers. An imprisoned worker.
There was a red abstract painting in the shape of a diamond. Within, were pale yellow and black markings, which draped above yet another Mylar sheath swathed in red paint. Another imprisoned little being.
Further on, a collage of red and pink torn paper, some 70s type pad with perforated holes and a duck’s foot in a blue cradle. Another caught victim of the workplace.
I wonder if these familiar items, often found in either work or play, were meant to hearken images of the daily routine, and break my mind’s association of something stuck.
They feel oddly warm, yet also mundane. The idea that maybe I am presently somewhere, yet am envisioning something more.
I furthermore liked the humor these pieces held. Most left a little something to snicker at, or an unnoticed snippet that caught me later in the evening. A tender jest from the artist that made the everyday a little more tolerable.
August 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
On July 6 The ~curARTorial LAB opened its doors to the public to inaugurate the Summer of Love 2012 Exhibition series by showcasing Rebecca Tennenbaum’s latest work in Fixed Necessities.
Local talents Tantrum Tonic and Matt Cue, together w/New York-based DJ and designer Masha Lunara a.k.a. Siberia, provided an afternoon filled with transcendental musical vibes.
Little did we know we would soon have a “new and definitely improved” gallery space made available to us before the season ended! By invitation of the ever generous Crane Arts team across the street, we now have full access to the Project Space @ 1400 N. American Street for our curatorial endeavors.
The Project Space, formerly referred to as “the Media Room”, is located just around the corner of the Ice Box, Crane Arts 125,000 cubic feet monumental exhibition space.
Wasting no time, we staged Kate Perkins‘ Girls On Film exhibition of oil paintings, including her excellent Superbass 2012 GIF based on images from Nicky Minaj’s Super Bass video, and received Mireille Guy and Roberta Fallon of theartblog.org on Friday, August 3 during our second First Friday reception of the season. A review of the exhibition has recently been published as the result of that visit.
Please take note that all upcoming exhibitions will now take place at Crane Arts main building, located on 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122.
The ~curARTorial LAB joins up with the Crane Arts Project Space. All we can say is THREE LOUD CHEERS TO THAT!
July 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
AR-L: Tell us something about your upcoming exhibition titled Girls On Film, which opens in Philadelphia on August 3, 2012 (First Friday) from 5-9pm @ The ~curARTorial LAB in Crane Arts Old School (1417-25 N. Second St., Studio 3A).
Japan, oil on panel, 30″ x 48″ (76 cm x 123 cm), 2011
KP: The paintings Japan and Girl on the Phone come from my senior thesis show, Gaijin Scheherazade, which used pop images of young women from a variety of cultural backgrounds, in the context of film stills and portraits, in order to explore the female construction of identity in an internet-driven world.
Girl on the Phone, oil on panel, 30″ x 48″ (76 cm x 123 cm), 2011
The new paintings are a continuation of these ideas. In the Superbass series, I tried to deconstruct and reconstruct something that means a lot in internet girl culture, not because of the content of the image, but because of the way it is manipulated and shared online.
The original imagery comes from rapper Nicki Minaj’s music video for her song “Super Bass”. The video was screenshotted and reconstructed in a moving GIF by an anonymous tumblr user, who then posted it on that blogging site and let it disseminate by having hundreds of people share it by re-blogging. I took the GIF, separated it back into its still images, and chose four of them to bring into the physical realm of paint.
AR-L: What about your process for selecting images and creating the eventual “painted montage”?
KP: Images that existed in the physical world (in the person of Nicki Minaj), were transferred to digital film, then transferred and assembled onto still images, which then became a moving GIF image. I then reorganized them into still images, which were brought back into the physical realm in the form of paintings, which were then transferred to photographic images again, and into a moving GIF again.
The whole thing is a great exercise in the interactive nature of technology – how we can use one artist’s expression these days and have it be endlessly share-able and manipulate-able. It creates a kind of community of people who are in varying degrees active participants in pop culture and art, and also makes this huge, expansive, organic piece of art that is just the journey taken by one image or a set of images throughout the internet.
AR-L: How would you define the relationship between your love of moving images and your approach to painting?
KP: Right now I’m really interested in the idea of series, and the way viewers can be participatory either through technology (scanning the QR code to see the GIF), or just with their eyes, following the series to see the subtle movement.
In my newest works I am experimenting with making subtle visual shifts in each of the paintings in a series, not just by the placement of elements but by tweaking colors and brushstrokes in ways that are almost indistinguishable when the series is put together in a GIF but still make each piece unique.
Ar-L: You have referred to your role as a painter as being similar to that of a storyteller. Do you think this implied notion of “the narrative” is the driving force behind the images you select to paint, or is the story being told via an aesthetic stylization (i.e. through the textures, brushstrokes, etc.)?
KP: I hope that it is both. The narrative of the Superbass series is, in my mind, a kind of upfront femininity and sexuality that is more about being assertive than being objectified. I try to convey this through the confrontational body language of the figures, the “eye contact” and expressive faces, but I also try to convey it in the over-saturated color, the vibrant hues, the thick lusciousness of the paintstrokes of the pink hair, and the layers of metallic paint and gold glitter on the surface. I think that the overstated glitter and shine, the indulgent colors, all combine with the raw roughness of the underlying wood panel (which has a pronounced grain and cracks) to make an in-your-face statement material-wise as well as image-wise.
AR-L: What are your current plans now that you have graduated from The University of the Arts (Class ’12)?
KP: Staying in Philadelphia this year (I’m a resident artist at Glodilocks Gallery until October), to be followed by grad school in Chicago or L.A. next year for Art History.
AR-L: What is your favorite piece in this exhibition and why?
KP:My favorite piece is actually the moving GIF. It is wonderful to see your paintings actually come to life in a way, and to see the brushstrokes moving of their own accord. It’s kind of a fantasy come true.
July 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
~Join musical guests Tantrum Tonic & Matt Cue after 6pm, as they bring sultry grooves during a live set specially fitting this perfect weather summer evening~
This exhibition is part of the International Curatorial Exchange (ICE) Series @ the Malkovich (Studio 3A) in Crane Arts Old School – 1417-25 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia PA 19122
*For private appointments to schedule a visit to The ~curARTorial LAB call or text (267) 304-7402
Two views of Fixed Necessities: New Work by Rebecca Tennenbaum, July 2012 @ The ~curARTorial LAB
Photography by ~@rg designs 2012
June 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
AR-L: Would you describe your work as intentional or processual ? Is there a specific method to your most recent work, that is, do you predetermine the pattern it results in, or is it spontaneous parsimony that results in your wall installations?
RT: Each painting begins with very specific intentions, as they are each reflections of a once happened experience. As I go through each day, certain alignments of sensory experiences occur and are stored. I try to break down the experience by its separate elements, minimizing them into their basic forms and presence of color. Once I have those ideas solidified, the process of applying the paint straight from the can engages time directly, and I lose the ability to manipulate the paint as it releases itself.
The final step in assembling a painting comes when the layers of mylar are each dry. This alignment is undetermined beforehand, and I regain control of the situation by playing choreographer to their revealing. The most exciting part of making the pieces rest in this step, as the feeling of attaining the “right” alignment secures the re-created sensation as a physical fact of the world. The feeling I experience when my mind is triggered to store an experience is brought back in the acknowledgement of the correct alignment of layers making the painting, and I feel as though I have marked time through their creation.
AR-L: What can you tell us about your latest work @Goldilocks in Philadelphia, PA?
RT: My latest works at Goldilocks are new in the sense that I’ve been investigating more of the directional mapping of a situation as part of the separated components. For example, a painting that describes the sensation of being in the shower and having water run over my ears; the gravity of standing and having the water pour vertically down would be as equally important as the elements of the water, skin and plugging of the separately. This results in harsher angles and pulls in the marks that were not as prominent before.
AR-L: Where and how do you source your materials?
RT: My materials are mostly plastic and fabric. The plastic, latex paint and mylar, are store bought materials which aid in the artificiality of the recreated sensation. The fabric, however, grounds the painting in the real, as I use materials we encounter in both our clothing and our environments everyday. My primary fabrics are cotton and polyester, usually found but sometimes purchased. The fabric grounds the viewer in the familiarity of the senses and as well as providing even color fields for base layers.
AR-L: Anything you want preview with us know about the work you’ll be exhibiting at the LAb @ the Malkovich in Crane Arts Old School after July 2012?
RT: I plan on continuing with the investigation of “directional pulls” for sometime, and seeing where I go once I’ve further discovered them. The only way to see where to go from there is to keep making, so we’ll have to see!
AR-L: Three major influences in your work are…
RT: The three deepest influences in my work would be Helen Frankenthaler, David Reed and Joan Miro. Miro’s “Blue II” from 1961 is one of my favorite paintings I look at everyday. Frankenthaler’s “Canyon” as well as her works on paper continues to inspire me regularly, as well.
June 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
The ~curARTorial LAB, a collaborative art space founded and directed by independent curator Anabelle Rodriguez-Lawton, is poised to launch its Summer of Love 2012 Exhibition Series with:
Fixed Necessities: New Work by Rebecca Tennenbaum
AR-L: Rebecca Tennenbaum’s work came to my attention as an unexpected and delightful surprise during a couple of studio visits to fellow painter and current studio mate Kate Perkins. Seen together, the artists’ emerging work made an impact so crisp, clear, and direct, that I offered consecutive B.A.O. (By Appointment Only) exhibitions, with public receptions during First Friday, and Second Thursday during the months of July and August. Both shows are being staged in a room aptly named The Malkovich.
The Malkovich is an hypnotic, meditative A-frame attic room atop a 19th Century Catholic School in the West Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA. Notwithstanding recent massive renovations conducted by Crane Arts, LLC, the school has remained alive in more than spirit: classroom partitions remain, original blackboards run continuously along most classroom walls, many preserved windows let in enormous amounts of natural light, all the way down to the wooden lockers in the middle of one of the halls, and a pigeon cooped room labeled “Nurse’s Office” with original wooden cabinets. More than once I have heard visitors say “this place is definitely haunted”, and if so they must be beneficent spirits ~ it’s been nothing but good times in here.
The opportunity to launch the Summer of Love 2012 Exhibition Series with Rebecca Tannenbaum’s new work in the ~LAB @ the Malkovich is simply ideal.
Anchor – latex, mylar, cotton on wood panel – 2012
Tennenbaum’s work exhibits surprising combinations of more or less malleable materials into three dimensional wall-bound installations. Effectively functioning as manipulated surface sculptures, these complex paintings are acted upon by gravity in controlled, graceful ways. The result is often inventive, always daring, and ever fresh, while remaining an elegant solution to the play in tension portrayed in each of the delicate yet weighty pieces.
The Protective Welcome – latex, mylar, spandex on wood panel – 2012
There is more than surface treatment here. Often ambiguous combinations are pregnant with significance that ought to be carefully considered, then admired. You don’t want to miss this one…
Launch – latex, mylar and cotton on wood panel – 2012
A copy of Tennenbaum’s senior thesis, recently defended at The University of the Arts, reflects simple and sublime, humble revelation. I include it in its entirety as part of this ongoing post about her new work for The ~curARTorial LAB Summer of Love 2012 Exhibition Series. An exclusive interview with the artist will soon follow.
~@/Anabelle Rodriguez-Lawton ~ 6.19.12
The Tumbling Dice
“You’ve got to roll me, and call me the tumbling dice.” – The Rolling Stones
I traveled once in Morocco accompanied by my mother, father, and sister. I was 9 years old and had been fighting a losing battle with head lice. I thought I’d ended the unfortunate experience in the States, but found they had returned somewhere between Fez and Marrakesh. One humid evening, in a large-windowed hotel room in Rabat, I began the familiar process of spreading the thick foam through my hair and waiting for the creatures, inconspicuous as dust, to appear and be combed through to their death. The lice began to emerge just as the day’s fifth and final Islamic call to prayer began to sound through the city. I stared at myself in the mirror, allowing the lice to come forward while the prayer lulled the day to an end.
I felt the burn of the treatment radiate from my scalp while the sounds of prayer caused the air to have a thicker density. I was caught somewhere between the two realities of the awakening lice and the hushing of the city, the leader and destroyer of one civilization and the silent outsider of another. This unexpected duality caused me to undergo a new surrounding, while physically I was in the same spot I had been minutes before. This is my earliest memory of the alignment of sensory experiences removing me from familiarity and placing me into a state of heightened awareness.
Reflection on this memory raises the desire to achieve the same removal again, as it remains the only true uncanny experience I’ve ever had. The nature of why it occurred is rooted in many elements (being a child, being in a foreign country, etc.) but it holds place in my adult life as a reminder of the capabilities I carry within myself for transcendence into the unknown. I aim to share a fraction of the realities of life through my painting practice, giving viewers an opportunity to associate and reflect on their own lives through the fragments of my own.
The core fact of existence rests in the consistency of change, the exploration of the physical environment, and the growth of the mind. Through awareness of sensory experience and the solidification of experience into paintings, I track my own participation as an individual, marking the moments as they are encountered, acknowledged, and left to the past.
I believe that beauty resides in the impermanence of my own sensation and should be acknowledged as it reveals itself. The revealing comes naturally when elemental forces of physical matter align with deliberate action and choice of the individual. I am merely a spectator of the passage of time, facing the fundamental duality of conscious existence; the external environment I am left to physically explore versus the internal monologue, infinite through its malleability.
My paintings confront this duality, existing as unified alignments of sensations specific to remembered experiences. Layers of latex paint on acetate grounds metaphorically serve as the various elements of the remembered experience, both mental and physical. These elements of time are trapped through the hand-made marks and color choices, allowing each painting to contain the activity of a remembered experience and embraced through its impermanence.
Perception is the link of finding beauty by internalizing our surroundings, allowing personal associations to be determined. Faber Birren, a renowned 20th century color theorist, stated that color comes before form and the two cannot be separated; yet color is more immanent, elemental and primitive than form in perception. Response to form seems to arouse mental (judgment of shape) or physical (sensation of touch) processes, while reactions to color are more impulsive and emotional. (Birren pg 57)
It is through the registration of color, form, and sensory experience that I am able to channel my awareness of being into a daily studio undertaking. Psychological meeting of color with conscious experience allows the colors to signify and be associated with as they are encountered in the world. Color is unavoidable to perceiving as perception is essential and endless to time, and I can accept the passing of time by acknowledging sensations as they occur and coincide with the activity of the mind.
The Weber-Fechner law of the Gestalt theory of Psychology states that the relationship between the external physical facts of environment are linked with human consciousness. The intensity of a sensation increases as the logarithm of the strength of the stimulus increases, causing the correlation between physical stimuli with physical and mental experience.
Nature loses face as the precursor of beauty. More importantly, if there is beauty in nature, it exists pre-born within the consciousness of man. “There is no form apart from the subject who forms it. Man’s sense of beauty is not wholly a matter of inspiration or cultural training, natural law or mathematics. If he happens to see beauty in certain arrangements, this is not because there are any hard and fast principles in nature aside from human consciousness, but that perception itself, the eye-brain of man, holds responsibility for everything. If there are any eternal elements of harmony, they owe their origin to human consciousness.” (Birren pg 14)
According to this theory, the impulse I experience in remembering certain moments over others are results of my accumulated memories of surroundings and sensations. Through these stored associations, I am able to find significance in particular arrangements that trigger my mind to isolate, capture and secure the current situation without questioning the source of the impulse. This process inevitably links the present with the past, allowing the chains of associations to intertwine and thicken with the passing of time.
In the following passage, painter Lynda Benglis describes the nature of marking time through material, and the grasp on time that she achieves through the act of pouring paint directly on the ground. The simultaneous relationship between thought and action resonates with my process of mark making while engaging in the remembrance of the chosen experience:
“I think Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis were really playing with this idea of the accident…But it’s really a marriage between the conscious and the unconscious that occupies the creative mind…I saw visions of clouds yesterday; you couldn’t imagine how complicated they were on all horizons, the kinds of images of the clouds are infinite, I think we deal with an infinite imagination. The artist is always dealing with the bounds of the material and the unbounded nature of the universe and of the imagination, and trying to mark the time.” (Frieze)
Lynda Benglis’ “Odalisque” paintings pay homage to second generation Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler’s stain paintings, where the stain is the event that signifies the moment. For Frankenthaler, the canvas was the arena in which the activity was created and contained and where the events played out. I echo these ideas of “action” painting by using paint to mark the passing of time, breaking down my experience into color fields controlled through movement. Using the bottom of the can as my primary tool instead of a brush activates time directly in the seconds that the liquid is released, allowing gravity to dictate the production with specific hand movements.
The plasticity of my materials functions in two fundamental ways; it confirms the artificiality of a recreated sensation and places my work in the contemporary world. Although my processes run parallel to the predecessors of Abstract Expressionism, my material choices in plastic and mass-production confirm that my paintings could only be created in our modern day.
The activity of each color remains isolated and suspended in its field of acetate. The slightest boundary between the work and the world, it is the thinnest amount of protection holding the entire weight of the mark. I reveal a false sense of a private connection with the piece by showing the immaculate surface to the viewer, bound by the outermost layer of acetate without exposing the physical evidence of the dried paint.
The fixed color arrangements I encounter during waking moments are internalized and called upon when reflecting on remembered sensations of experience, linking objects and artifacts through association. Therefore, the colors individualized on the acetate are able to mimic moments of physical life. Colors live as their own atmospheres, never to be reproduced identically.
These components collectively rest on an even color field; a shape associated with an element of the remembered event or perceived sense. The fields are visual triggers, referencing the physical world in which they are derived from while providing solid planes that hold the product. Sincere in their accountability, the grounds are the base planes of the external.
It is through the alignment of the colors that the reconstruction of a precise setting and sensation is possible, even if the colors can be linked to other sensations. In this way, the recreation of a particular moment is also the recreation of previously existing moments, both verifying and counteracting the meaning of any given situation.
The paintings are made as exterior expressions of interior states. Once created, they become facts of the physical world. The viewer experiences and interprets the paintings as a part of the exterior, only to internalize them. Through the internalization, the viewer’s own associations are triggered, the varying interpretations of different viewers allowing for new chains of association to be created. Once the paintings remain to be seen, my process is transferred from myself to others, filtering experiences of color through change and time.
A day at the beach; I make the choice to submerge myself underwater, releasing the familiar connection to gravity and disappearing into a greater mass than myself. Yet through my exiting the water the land reaccepts me as my own mass, roaming the territory as I choose. The re-emergence onto the sand allows my skin to absorb the sun, aware of the slow progression into dryness as my body is awakened. If I close my eyes and turn towards the sun, the measureless plane of the sky disappears and my eyelids instantly become a more intimate field of red, a sensation providing a womb-like comfort. The field shifts when the flatness is obstructed by shade that is bound to appear, as the Earth never fails to rotate.
My awareness is fixed on the duration of time from wet to dry, and the moving red shadows on my eyelids that remain to be examined. Both are transitional states, yet without the stillness of my body I would not be able to account for their happening. The awareness of these happenings is linked to the emotive thoughts and self-reflections occurring simultaneously, linking the internal and external.
The ground is a color close to that of my own flesh, on a square shape to represent the balance of the human form. The first layer of acetate holds the activity of the sun on my skin, the flesh color reappearing and colliding with the warm yellow that is a condensed liquid form of the sun. The two cans are turned over at the same time and begin to provoke each other’s positions, moving with each hand and activate the passing seconds, the marks produced accordingly. The second layer of acetate aligns the scene; the gray circle, infinite in its motion, hovers over the sun on skin and solidifies the moment.
-Birren, Faber. Color, Form, and Space. New York: Reinhold Pub., 1961. Print.
-“Harold Rosenberg (American Art Critic).” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 19 Mar. 2012. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/509899/Harold-Rosenberg
-Frieze Magazine | Archive | Time & Tide. Lynda Benglis. Frieze. http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/time-tide/
A Note of Interest about The ~curARTorial LAB @ the Malkovich:
The recently named Crane Arts Old School (CAOS), has been refurbished into impressive working studio spaces by Crane Arts, LLC, thanks to grants directed at the renewal of West Kensington, one of The City of Philadelphia’s once mightily powerful, and now largely deindustrialized port sectors devoted to manufacture and trade. CAOS is the current home of:
April 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
As the inaugural exhibition to be staged in Crane Art Old School’s The ~curARTorial LAB @the Malkovich, Bonnie Brenda Scott is currently at work creating an intervention in which she reflects on the accumulative debris of existence. It is stridently titled BURN THE WATER. In Scott’s own words:
“The show is going to be called BURN THE WATER. I’m gonna be utilizing the floor space mostly–expect a landscape emerging from the window area and progressing towards the opposite wall. I’m going to be using a lot of found material that I come across in my personal travels. Think river waste. If you want to think of the whole thing as the river emerging through the windows at sunset and filling up the space, that will be a pretty accurate description. Mixed in will be some new dimensional flesh-like wood, plexi and plaster pieces. There will be fades on the walls. There may be a soundscape emerging from the hole in the ceiling. the lights will probably be low. The story is about trying to hold onto an idea or an identity throughout a sweeping transfiguration. A softness in a fractured space”.
Anyone who knows Scott’s work will tell you she is both inventive and versatile as an artist, and that she demonstrates to have a peculiar fondness for representing stylized versions of the carnal ~ as in flesh-like, gut-like, inside-like bound spaces:
Scott has been celebrated in the media for a number of effective site specific installations and wall-based works, as well as for her uncannily delicate, and precise brushwork.
Previous training as an animator may well account for some of this technical prowess, but beyond the evident technical feat that is her work, one always comes upon the evidence of great aesthetic resolution in everything she makes.
Effectively transitioning between various media including printmaking, airbrush, and the fabrication of sculptural elements made of light woods, Scott has more recently been incorporating additional ephemeral elements including the use of light. Recent work illustrates this new dimension, one she wants to continue exploring in the immediate future.
Through her process Scott began to formulate a practical strategy in order to continue exploring the media she is now interested in incorporating into her repertoire, and this lead to the realization that a solid amount of time dedicated to the pursuit of an MFA degree can be an avenue for her to manifest this incoming creative state of being. It is all part of the bigger picture that will give Scott the opportunity of reaching for a higher level, especially within a context of hands-on, individual fabrication, in which she is keenly interested at the moment.
I have been wanting to get her to give me an in-depth interview, and it was decided that due to an uncommonly busy period of rampant multitasking for the both of us, an intermittent approach throughout the process period make most sense…(at least for now):
AR-L: I wonder about the desire to mold your artistic vision in 3-D now, as opposed to staying “on the wall”.Where do you locate the source of that impetus at this stage in your life + your work? And why one as opposed to the other?
BBS: I will say first off that the rectangle is a daunting object. The page, the panel, the wall: all of these limitless horizons. Having nothing to react to is terrifying. A human being is very little but a creature that reacts to things: making decisions based on circumstances; forming opinions on what he sees around him, or what affects his environment. “I am a happy person because of blank” or “My feelings have been tampered with by blank and I will express my dissatisfaction by doing blank.” My personality can be distilled into a set of feelings about other things–my humanness can be similarly distilled into a set of feelings I have about myself. All of these are reactions and cannot exist singularly within space.
The rounded edge of a non-angular object is a line traveling always with the possibility of an end or a change. The straight line and the 90° angle: these are infinites, traveling forever in a single direction without the possibility of change. They do not react–every action I take in artmaking is a reaction to something.
I will make an object because it is close to what I am. I am a thing and I exist in space. I am not infinite. I am finite. I do not know about what is not me.
More to come…
Public viewings and accompanying receptions for BURN THE WATER will be held from 5-10PMish or later to be held on:
May 5.10.12: Second Thursday & June 6.7.12: First Friday
The ~curARTorial LAB @ the Malkovich is located in Crane Arts Old School, Studio 3-A, 1417-25 North Second Street, Philadelphia PA 19133
You may schedule alternate viewing times for this installation “By Appointment Only w/RSVP” = BAO/RSVP