Tuesday, January 11, 2011

from oct2010 artist statement


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.

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