Tuesday, June 9, 2015

we need the memories of all our members

"we need the memories of all our members" solo show at HKS, Bergen 2015 

gold leaf, ceramics/clay, bricks, artificial candles, buckets, chewing gum...

We need the memories of all our members
…amongst the many things that the invited speaker on the radio show said was that “we need the memories of all our members” –… the words before and after are lost- as is his name, and the name of the radio show and the host and the time of day…
… that somehow seemed appropriate for the process that would help to bring the work in the show together-
The process of grabbing clay in one’s hand, forming it inside one’s fist- releasing it…letting it dry and firing it to make it rock hard- amassing the potential to DO … host. Hoist.
As in the Biblical story of David and Goliath… it is said that David brought down his giant opponent by slinging a rock at him (…thereafter slaying his head with the giant’s own tool)
I continue to work with ideas of memory and holes… Somehow the process of remembering is – a big part of the process of making the objects/making the rocks
(That the clay remembers- has traces of  its mold…)
The _______5 is somewhat an articulation of the/a/an (unstable) ‘void’ wrapped by the fingers when making a fist
Nature arbhors a vacuum?
the sign itself contains a trace of what it does not mean- Spivak in of grammatology

is this an intent to remove the ______?Is it removing it or just displacing it- it goes elsewhere- it is temporarily/for the time being located elsewhere
Shifting/floating signifier
In the same way that the clay takes shape in the cup of the hand embracing the crevices in the process- the chewing gum one can say does the same- taking an imprint of the teeth, a ghost of its chewer
in the meantime- whilst this, that or the other was happening ( __ ___was chewing gum)

self presence
present to one’s self?
A trace of the self- as it were-
as the trace of the body or the process of their making …
of a self/_________

Drawing out non matter—into matter 5
Gesture into physicality or material

Tshere tshere- which is similar to hopscotch
Or Morabaraba- a game with holes and stones
Masekitlana-  self made ‘theater’ with rocks as characters- and sand heaped and  formed into all sorts of props/furniture, borders/markers/situations…
The burden of meaning
A Hair ball… that also marks time.., Chewing gum

Clay- of the earth.. dust to dust

There is a story about Sobukwe (who was born where it is now called Zimbabwe)
that upon the arrival of the new prisoners at robben island, he had grabbed a fist full of soil in his hand, and raised his fist and saluted the new robben island (political ) prisoners (freedom fighters)
monument to the anthropocene….
There is a certain idea/perception that the fight for political power or the fight for the right to be- perhaps began in the last century- 6
There are questions that linger in one’s mind like how could a group of few conquer a group of so many and keep them subjugated for years and years- it must be known that the fight began from the first encounter

A politic of holes/presence/margins/shadows/invisibles etc.
(the rules of boxing)(how to curl your hand)(and hold death closely)
a violence to end all things to begin again at nothing- with no memory…8

groups nonqauwuse, jim jones, disciples…
what have they all seen… those who were the witnesses

there is also a story of a nanny who took pictures/a photographer who disguised herself as a nanny/a photographer who worked as a nanny
there is a story about Vivian Maier, whose photographic works were discovered by the world upon her death… I had read an article somewhere speaking about her self portraits… she took a lot of pictures of  people and things – but also took photographs of herself… some of them were via mirrors- a lot of them were via mirrors…and some of her photographs were of her shadow… and some include her shadow amidst/in the midst of other things1… there is something quiet enigmatic about her work- and her process- that she didn’t herself see most of her own photographs/self portraits… she just took them(future promise)- yet she continued to take the pictures- experimenting with various  compositions… without ever seeing them- or verifying them…
like writing with invisible ink- that the writer uses blindly- without seeing its trace
ok- back to self presence- or witnessing of one’s self
how does one see one’s self? Make one’s presence known to one’s self….
How does one witness?

1.     in the midst of other things: her shadow- that mysterious immaterial thing signifying some kind of presence- in the mist with other things that are perhaps in and of themselves enigmatic…mysterious
2.     not about taking the private making it open

3. during a meeting – the participants left their chewed gum beneath chairs and desks and other similar common ‘hiding places for gum’…
hiding places for chewed gum: underneath school desks, underneath chairs,tables and also bus seats, behind mirrors, underneath shoes, stuck on hair, filling key holes on doors,
5. made of soil, sand, dust : nothing
6. nostalgic photo images
8 refuse the notalgic
4. Rules of morabaraba…I have never learnt the rules of morabaraba- (like most games like cards, dice,dominos) I had always failed miserably at it but the look of it is interesting: holes and stones…the stones are active-  it would be interesting to invert it making the holes the active agents…


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

(but that is not the important part of the story)

herewith some images from the recent re-installment of the piece "but that is not the important part of the story", this piece was first exhibited during the 2013 lyon bienal, and now it is part of the show "ruffneck constructivists" at the ica in philly, the show was curated by my ex proff and ongoing mentor  kara walker. with the piece- in the images, you will also see parts of deana lawson's photographic works, and also lior shvil's sculpture.
although this is 'the same piece' that was exhibited in the lyon, it changed form a bit because of the space allocated for it- naturally- because in lyon the architecture of the MAC is different to that of the ICA...  also- reinstalling work always in someways changes some of the piece- but not the important part of it -i guess...

“objects in the mirror are closer than they appear” 2014,

Objects in the mirror may appear closer than they actually are…
Than they really are…

These objects are kind of arranged in a way implying the preparation of some event is to take place/ they are in preparation of an event that is to take place- or as though, these are the left over’s of/from (another) event
Or as though they are for a game…
A ritual…
Some event that has its own particular rules
Like in a church or a temple---as in a church or a temple- or an office- or the mac donalds, there are things arranged/ordered with a particular ‘sense’ in mind… objects arranged to perform their part in the whole story… to add symbolically or in actuality to the place/thing/event…. Chalices, candles, potplants….
There are sets of things… the sets of things arranged in groupings…
The logic of which is not clear… the logic refuses to form a clear/cohesive narrative
Or a sequential  subject, topic, subject matter, matter, thesis, argument, text, burden, concern, thrust, message; thread, motif, keynote.

Rock, string, fluff
Rock, space, irredescent, kaleidoscopic
Goldleaf, floor, lights, rocks
Feather light/rock hard
Light hosting, magic hosting, heaviness hosting, lighteness hosting,
‘Here’, ‘here’ and ‘there’
this and this together, that over there, this like this- this with that- over there- together this, between.. inbetween here
a pin
thing, a thin black cotton string holding  x
thin black thread strung around screws
thing ‘Here’, ‘here’ and ‘there’

iridescent paint flat on wall
cables, lights
something like a bird, some thing like something else that is familiar-
a place holder- almost this but not quiet it- a slight metaphor…
the wall mirrors the floor
bricks, feathers, rocks
rocks and bricks…
milk, petrol bomb, cool aid
iridescent : opalescent, nacreous; shimmering, luminous, glittering, sparkling, dazzling, shining, gleaming, glowing, lustrous, scintillating; kaleidoscopic, rainbow-colored, multicolored; literary glistering, coruscating, effulgent, scintillant.
followers, a gathering of symbols, gatherers
some bricks about to fly
a cloud flying low
Decoration, hold here, waiting in line for your name to be called your body shaking in disbelief
Rock : move to and fro, move back and forth, sway, seesaw; roll, pitch, plunge, toss, lurch, reel, list; wobble, oscillate, throw, unnerve, disconcert, be impressive; informal kick butt, blow one away, blow one's mind, rock one's world, be cool, be on fire. boulder, stone, pebble. foundation, cornerstone, support, prop, mainstay; tower of strength, bulwark, anchor. diamond, jewel, precious stone.
Some fans, wind, hole
Rocks, foil gum lace
“where every other becomes altogether other”
Temple, shrine, bookcase, memorial, memo
Order, template, test
 Pin point
Pinned there, note, referent, referential palace, palace
Cardilac, showroom, office, temple, house, window, glass

Body’s trace, hole, rest, whole, mountain
The stones are made from holding wet clay in the hand
Cupping the clay in hand, squishing clay in hand- it assumes/takes on the shape of the inside- making whole of the hole/cavity/nothing
(thereafter fired
The chewing gum- chewed, dried
The tin foil/ aluminium foil squished
(enters another shape, and it changes form…)
Screws, string, gold(leaf) , decoration, mirror,
Sets, things
Tape, clip, pin, tie, hold, press
Welcome mat, dressing room, iridescent…
Kaleidoscopic adjective
1 kaleidoscopic swirls in the puddles: multicolored, many-colored, multicolor, many-hued, variegated, particolored, varicolored, psychedelic, rainbow, polychromatic. ANTONYMS monochrome.
2 the kaleidoscopic political landscape: ever-changing, changeable, shifting, fluid, protean, variable, inconstant, fluctuating, unpredictable, impermanent. ANTONYMS fixed, constant.

Objects in the mirror may appear further than they are…
Convexity: The image on a convex mirror is always virtual (rays haven't actually passed through the image, their extensions do, like in a regular mirror), diminished (smaller), and upright. As the object gets closer to the mirror, the image gets larger, until reaching approximately the size of the object, when it touches the mirror. As the object moves away, the image diminishes in size and gets gradually closer to the focus, until it is reduced to a point in the focus when the object is at an infinite distance. These features make convex mirrors very useful: since everything appears smaller in the mirror, they cover a wider field of view than a normal plane mirror does. (from wiki)

“objects in the mirror are closer than they appear”

2014, 808 gallery, boston university gallery part of group show "lightning speed of the present" curated by lynne cooney