Monday, January 31, 2011
oh i have been feeling rather wierd about looking at the work posted as 'so sweet oh so sweet' and have been trying to figure out exactly why that was...it just looks so heavy compared to the other work, there is something mournful about it,
i wonder if it is the colours: the peachy colour and the brown, could it have been the way i photographed it?
i'm still waiting for the museum to send their pics of it...it is always best to include a budget for a professional photographer when drawing out the budget of a show or a work.
i still do not know the title for this yet... the black and white picture reminds me of apartheid, haha that is funny somewhat.
a waiting room of sorts... a set
a wall in construction
of what space i dunno...
something reminds me of spain, then the carribean.
this work is somewhat of a failure.
here and there...
but it is a time piece- like a video, except the frames are a little scattered and slow...
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I work in various mediums from video, to installation, to sculpture and performative situations...
My work engages the poetics of the performative (cultural) object. I indulge in the poetic elasticity & materiality of things (objects, space, event, memory, time...).
The object-based installations exist in a site ephemerally,
performing as temporal situations. (Perhaps sites inwhich a proposed event is to happen/or not)
together with the videos, they collectively produce a site for a (semi contained) disrupted narrative, an orchestreal discord of small stories performing as poems or fragments of a language, sites of memory that are continuously dismantled.
these sites recall other things/events/ stories/situations relating to their function and place within the everyday or in language....(as with the birds&flowers in …microwave cosmic… video [included in the package]: in English slang, women are sometimes referred to as birds or flowers and as ‘sweet’).
Yet central to the character of the proposed narrative/sites is a thing that cannot really be accounted for. Perhaps a time lapse…
…A feeling resulting from some type of affectation, the application of some ‘special’ effect(s)-(decorative icing), perfume, something in excess (which could also be a lack)...as with the spatial relations between objects or that between image and sound within particular video frames.
One of my primary concerns is how to tell a story, how to de/re/construct a story...how to tell an old story anew. How to forget, and how to remember. There is ‘nothing’ really…a vacuum that one has to account for. It is a situation over saturated with ‘it’. A memory erased, or in the process of being erased or reshuffled…as in/post a traumatic situation: When ‘sense’ is somewhat distorted and there emerges some holes (spaces of ‘nothing’, [and things that mean nothing: that fail to occupy a space with in the visible/sensible.).
I am interested in video time and in some sort of a decay of a linearity-
There is something about mediation and artifice, things acting as things/things acting as props around which multiple stories dance/and are entangled. There is also something about ‘things’ becoming motifs or masks of themselves- like flower prints on a piece of fabric/lace… a certain type of virtual life/space…that I am fond of exploring further,
Something about video space, which I have ‘begun’ to explore in my last show “long live the immaterial…effect no.55” (in reference to Yves Klein) the blue has become something I have been interested in, - the blue of the sky, the blue of the bluescreen-a space in which anything can be projected, the blue of church uniforms….bluescreening/green screening, masking, saturating…editing.
I have also been thinking of ideas of the ideal, the politics of aesthetics: afro diasporic aesthetics: those of various classes: within Africa or globally, a politic of taste (?), the use of stock images of our global culture(s)- i.e. Sunsets, nature’s beauty, love, the family, the hero, the history, the icon, the self, the collective cultural archive, motifs, pattern(s), mediation and representation. I am interested I pursuing these thoughts further through my work. But my primary concern I’d say is the question of representation.