over underpasses (2013)
Sunday, February 9, 2014
The invention of invention
a making machine; a process engine; an instrument; microprossessings made concrete
You can use it but its useless
a kite that cant fly
A string that draws a line to make a thing
It was Clunky and made by hands, made by the hands of people
It holds the residues of all of it, having lived. It isn’t a virgin.
I am making something that keeps continuing
I am making a continuum
I am making sounds
“everything that rises must converge” but do you notice when it does?
do my chores, complete my tasks
keep busy so days will pass
walk the warp
back and forth
teach myself failing lessons:
how to braid or how to be affectionate
how to be patient
how to prevent a tangle from becoming a knot
notice the differences in the ways we wind
different hands, wrists, moments of awareness, moments of mindlessness
the awareness of being mindless is a curious experience.
this work ethic
this woman’s work
this woman’s world is not a haunted house
and its not too fancy.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Notes from Notebook
Systems and information:
Minimal bit of information
Making up a symbolic system. Are numbers constructed?
Overlay of systems
Serial, Repetition, relationships
Spectacle: Way too much, more than you can imagine. Makes you in awe. Bigger than one person. A community effort. A factory.
Mindless Activity, culminates in producing something.
Making people feel something, not obvious. Against their expectations
Radical juxtaposition. Things colliding. Odd objects.
Not just about itself. challenges a viewers belief system. Viewers compute the meaning. An aesthetic encounter with an object.
Loom and computer, analog:
What does that mean? Historical, looms, the industrial age, Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, Technology
While based on the looms, This is not an illustration. Its physicality, visceral.
Machines, instruments, inventions, operation, an organism. Machine is an extention of the body. Performers are both machines and body
Objects being manipulated by people
a weird continuum
Object is in a state of flux
Work is in relation to its specific site and site’s technological and tension based networks. I am animating the space. In the XMPL, I am making myself blank. Skin is a membrane. Feel the site. Its hollowness, its emptiness, a black void.
The sculptures chop up the space, accentuate the architecture of the space. Divide the space.
theater vs. the real:
Abstraction vs. realism. What is this thing a backdrop for? A set is fake, its meaning is dependent on whats around it; sutured to the play. My narrative: process of making, weaving, winding, linear
Sculpture makes sound:
Soundscape: this thing made that sound!
Sound idea: sound in reverse? Sound of video in reverse? Whispers of a text relevant to the work. Ada? Time is going forward and backward.
Space of sacredness?
– non spectacle. Non theatrical. Shadows. Not a haunted house. Not too fancy.
I feel in between wanting to make this a sacred space and a space that doesn’t take itself as seriously (as say, an Ann Hamilton installation).
Early cinema: flickering? Greys and whites, yellow light? Domestic vs industrial.
Textiles and Process:
Spools, evidence of work, residue of other piece
Traditional textile (thread, string) and process acting as a social metaphor: cloth needs each string. The fundamental act of making. String that draws a line that makes something.
Materiality (vs. transparency)
A Home-made project
Use vs uselessness: a kite that isn’t flying.
Transparency, modern architecture, shadow, materiality
Back and forth
Matrices to come
A system of strings
Everything must converge
String that draws a line to make a thing
Looming ahead of me
Looming ahead of me
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
eleanor antin, 70s, body, diet
walter de maria - LACMA
conceptual art but material / process -- utilitarian, doesn't look like art, not precious.
incidental. not just aesthetic objects, they are used for something.
eva hesse -- string onto the floor
in between Antin and Hesse
feminist, 70s, minimalist
wood variation, flickering, dappling
what is it about? is it enough? is it striking? will it remain in memory?
personal / mechanical, anonymous, but sense of the body
modules of time, modules of distance, animate
individual but same
care becomes erased by magnitude
intensity of investment for both viewer and for me
Ellen Gallagher -- you can't forget the work
utilitarian, bodies, mummified, graveyard, army, soldiers
laid out like a textile
broken apart a whole tapestry
residue of something else, of other purpose
movement: meant to be walked through, game where you don't step on the cracks, can I traverse?
approachable, not precious
back to the basics
a beginning place (to begin work)
about to begin something
fixed in a static position
at the ready to begin
instinctive, primitive, ordinary things
systematic, ordered, random
mechanical but material