Last night I attended a R.H. Quaytman lecture at Watkins College of Art, Design,& Film. She began her presentation with a screening of a film (edited by her husband, filmmaker Jeff Preiss) of the exhibition, May I Help You at Orchard in 1991. The exhibition consisted of a series of Allan McCollum's plaster surrogate paintings and a performance by Andrea Fraser. During the seven days of the show, when a visitor would enter the space, Andrea would approach them and begin her performative monologue. She would take on the persona of an art dealer casting the visitor in the role of an art buyer.
Here are highlights from my notes made during the lecture. I like to keep them in this scattered order so that I can make connections related to my own art practice.
how to bring practice into newer place without giving up history and the development of painting
-the vanishing point of her work (content) is painting
her practice - like a book - interconnectedness
--> subconscious tropes to indicate interconnectedness (like the scale and dimensions of the panels all relating to each other)
monocular focus vs. periphery, profile, oblique --> ways of looking, adjacencies
-utilizing perspective in abstraction
--> the way in which something is seen - apply other ideas to painting
- system reduces the problem of what to depict
make cv including cultural, historical, and artistic events of significance
using the site of the origin or exhibition of the paintings to generate ideas for visual content
In the past two months I have:
-had my BFA thesis show
-been searching for work, etc.
-sorting, organizing, cleaning
-thinking, trying to write, in
planner, journal (amazing new planner from artist-( and great friend)-CA Greenlee
-being open to new connections in life(art) -ideas
here are some shots from the past week, illustrative of what has been happening.
In other news, my friend Robert Grand curated an online photography show, Ceremony. It is available to view and download as a pdf here: www.robertalangrand.com and here
This is a newspaper Robert Grand and I produced for our BFA thesis exhabition at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. We both wrote essays for the newspaper which we will give away free at the show!
Here is my essay:
Here is a link to the press page for Watkins it includes a short artist statement and some images.
This was a show I participated in with two others from my seminar class, Kellie Bornhoft and Ann-Catherine Carter. All the work was made for this show and we worked together letting the pieces respond to each other and the space. Ann-Catherine curated our work in the space, Ground Floor Gallery at the Chestnut building in Nashville, Tennessee. The show opened this past Friday and will be up until this Wednesday. These are photos of the show still in process. I'll put up more photos of the finished show soon.