For the Ride of Your Life:

"It may well be that there is no human urge more fundamental than that of making a mark"-

In the words of Chuck Close: "You Just Have to Show Up

"I would like to make something that is real in itself," [Arthur Dove] once wrote, "that does not remind anyone of any other thing, and that does not have to be explained like the letter A, for instance."

“Art is never an end in itself; it is only an instrument for tracing the lines of lives.”

—Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (qtd. in West)


Sunday, May 15, 2011

We Are Not Alone: Presence in Absence

“We are Not Alone is my exploration of the part of human existence that comments on our connections to all that we come in contact with, on that ongoing tug and pull between the notion of individuality vs. that of a collective conscious; of our identities as humans through the continual absorptions, transferences and transformations that occur in our daily existence.

The gesture of appropriation of the readymade object (the white shirt) incites questions of ambiguity through a sense of odd familiarity and identification with the past. As these 3-dimensional indexical signs converse with each other and within the depths of themselves, their forms reify the abstract concept that lives remain present even in their absence, that the marks that we make carry on, even when our physical beings do not.

Through the confines of constructed spaces, threads of narrative are read from afar. Stories of relationships and ancestry are told through the gestures of tearing and mending, tying and fraying, fusing and cutting transporting the viewer actively to that inbetween : between form and space, past and present, reality and obscurity, forcing a state of suspended animation.

The shirts and the marks remind us that we are not alone, that we come from that which has come before us, and with whom we have been and will be connected. That our identities are part of an ongoing collective conscious, and that we are only as individual as circumstances and choices will allow."

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