Monday, January 28, 2008

An Untitled Text










an untitled text

acrylic

39 x 48

Friday, January 18, 2008

Texts Again







untitled

acrylic

31 x 39''


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Masking Tape Minus Letters

I had initially abandoned working with text as a concept, but, alas, it did not get far away.




untitled
masking tape on canvas
31 x 39"





This untitled piece fully abandons the word search as aesthetic device to ascertain the font/text as the focal point. As a whole, the series has been a disambiguation on manners in which to take text away from it's associated meaning(s). Each piece moves towards text moving further away from meaning.

Initially, this was attempted by merely hiding words in a word search to clarify and expose the hypocrisy of the viewer's assumed inability to attach meaning to them (the names of cities in Iraq) when current events (a war) dictated that this meaning should be obvious (i.e. one should know a country before they decide that they should bomb it).

This was followed by using the same technique of a word search to make an attempt to devoid it of it's very purpose. Solving a word search avoids the need to have knowledge of the meanings of the words which it hides. Success with the puzzle depends on merely having seen the words before. The word search, then, is an ideal tool to visually explore and take apart the connection between words and the concepts they represent. Words are entirely dependent on one another for deriving meaning. Similarly, the letters in the puzzle are dependent on the relation or lack of relation to those surrounding them. Eradicating the words themselves from the puzzle would put another puzzle in its place, that which letters can or cannot mean in their isolation.

The next piece barely hung on to the word search notion by layering letters on top of one another. This layering and erasure ignores the traditional form of the puzzle to create a version that on one hand simplifies matters and on another complicates them. Finding words in the puzzle is a simple process. The concern is that the viewer is left to put the letters together to form the words. The puzzle does not provide a organized manner in which to discover them. With the method absent, the solution is fully ambiguous.

end
Has someone been reading Derrida and Lacan lately? It would certainly seem that way.
Ideally, this statement will be updated as the ramifications of the series becomes more clear during the process and I sort out any hypocrisy that may or may not be present.

The following is a picture taken before the excess tape got cut out.



The photograph doesn't look so bad, but at this point I was really questioning what the hell I was doing. It seemed as though I may well have wasted $2 putting an entire roll of tape on a canvas.
I was content in the end, though. Another, strikingly similar, effort may follow.
The photograph doesn't look so bad, but at this point I was really questioning what the hell I was doing. It seemed as though I may well have wasted $2 putting an entire roll of tape on a canvas.
I was content in the end, though. Another, strikingly similar, effort may follow.