Dialogues (modified installation)
Trawick Prize Exhibition at the Creative Partners
Gallery, Bethesda, MD
September 6 – October
installation, an adaptation of my earlier Perpendicular
Dialogues installation in the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher
College 2001- 02 (individual series are still being expanded
upon), is about collections, or about the idea of collecting.
does it mean to collect – to collect things, to
collect art? How do we present our collections? These
ideas and questions came together during an intensive
series of conversations and interactions over an 18-month
period between myself and a number of other artists:
dancers, musicians, a photographer and a media artist. They
were heavily influenced by my personal experiences during
that time, and the result was more than 1,500 works of
art using a wide variety of media: everything from Stickem
Special (the glue used on sticky mouse traps) to finger
condoms, glitter, pills and foam insulation.
quick glance, the installation – a kind of cacophony
of the imagination – looks as though it’s
made by a large group of people instead of one person.
a way, I’ve begun to collect myself – which,
in addition to the practical aspect of accumulating objects
of course has an emotional meaning, too (to bring your
emotions together under one roof and under control). So,
I’ve begun to make both an emotional and physical
record of a single life.
the original Perpendicular Dialogues installation, the
gallery walls, covered with work, appeared as flow charts
towards an unknown destination. These thoughts
and groups of collections are still being expanded upon
original installation was 113 feet in length, 10 feet
in height and included numerous interactive floor elements. For
this Trawick Prize exhibition, I have selected a small
cross-section of elements of the original installation.