Moving USA (Installation) 2017
6 Texts Typed with 1968 Olympia Typewriter
Film on a laptop computer, 12 Minutes long of the artist typing the texts. >See excerpt Film <
Texts: Excerpts from On The Road - by Jack Kerouac, Oh The Places You'll Go - by Dr. Suess, On Being White....and Other Lies - by James Baldwin, Let America Be America Again - by Langston Hughes, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (poem) - by Maya Angelou, A Bronzeville Mother Loiters In Mississippi. Meanwhile, A Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon - by Gwendolyn Brooks
A Bronzeville Mother Loiters In Mississippi. Meanwhile, A Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon - Poem by Gwendolyn Brooks
I Playou / Don't Be Pretty Unless You Can Be Odd 2017
This was a project / an experiment. With the information the visitors provided, I built a wall piece during the week of the show. This piece was only able to exist due to their contribution. I created the visual parameters for the work, but the form ultimately was created from the input of the people involved - Where they had been and what they were willing to share, within this frame work became the foundation for these objects.
The installation / Room feeling was like a governmental office. In the background was the clicking of me typing on a typewriter (click here to see film). The Visitors saw the table in the middle of the room. They sat down and contemplated where they had been and filled out the form and placed a hand print on it. There were bags provided with which they placed the form and any random object on their person.
Questions that arose: How easily are people willing to give out such private information even if it is anonymous? How far have we all traveled and the people around us?
I took the information of where they had lived throughout their lives and on the opposite wall created a string map (Living Vectors). Every city had a nail and every string stood for the movement of their life. The combination of those who were willing to give me this information created an individual form.
Men were represented with grey string, women with black string and no comment or gender neutral with white string.