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Sculpture: A Pile Of Valuable Things

April 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Most Valuable Things I Own
A Pile Of Valuable Things
mixed media (books, cabinet light)
2008

In this work, the cord to an electric light is threaded through a stack that constitutes the artist’s collection of (relatively) expensive art textbooks, which are the artists most valuable possessions, both fiscally and sentimentally. The drilled hole inherently devalues the resale value of the books, and, to a degree, diminishes their usability, incorporating destruction of worthwhile materials into the junk-art idiom.

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Sculpture: This Could Be The Whole Ball Game

April 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This Could Be The Hole Ball Game
This Could Be The Hole Ball Game
baseball with pencil, suspended by fishing line
2008

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A Little League baseball pierced with a red pencil and hung from Jeffersonian-revival architecture offers a menacing look at the heavy-handed nostalgia of Americanism: as the title implies, this sculpture could be a jury-rigged version of the colonial hole-ball game where children idly attempted to catch a small wooden ball on a stick (a game mainly preserved in nostalgic toys sold in places such as downtown Fredericksburg and Colonial Williamsburg), but even so, this game has been repurposed: it is in midair, suggesting flight, while the pencil becomes an arrow which dually suggests direction and harm. The additional duality of the title refers to the weighty phrase uttered by play-by-play announcers at particularly important moments in a baseball game, one where the outcome can be essentially decided in what would otherwise be an ordinary event. Taken together, these elements inform a larger theme: a deadpan satire on the direness of American nostalgia,  collecting (European-influenced) American iconography that is heavily dependant on reverie for the past and placing it squarely on the shoulder of generations that have not experienced that past.

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For the record, I almost critically injured one of my esteemed professors while setting this up.

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Sculpture: Support Group I (My Arcadian Woods)

April 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on Sculpture: Support Group I (My Arcadian Woods)

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Support Group I (My Arcadian Woods)
site specific installation, Melchers Hall (9 wooden studs leaned against arcade columns)
2008

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Like “Storm Tossed Ship,” the title of this work alludes to an art historical standard: in this case, the Arcadian landscape. The tradition of Arcadian landscape incorporates the idea of nature as a pastoral extension of man’s dominance of the earth; this work casts such support relationships into doubt: is the wood holding up the architecture or is the architecture holding up the wood? By extension, the classical-revival architecture plays the role of the Arcadian society, while the wooden planks take on the role of the natural world, greatly undermined by their subjugation to human purposes. Finally, the exposed wood suggests the whole structure is decaying or sinking into this dangerous earth, a feeling of uneasiness reinforced by the precipitous location of the viewer inside of the architecture.

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Sculpture: Drawing Pictures of NASCAR With My Friend Kyle

April 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Sculpture: Drawing Pictures of NASCAR With My Friend Kyle

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Drawing Pictures of NASCAR With My Friend Kyle
crayons, plastic, feather, caution tape, paper clip
2008

from the SPORE COLLECTIVE! exhibition at Randolph-Macon (March 2008)

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Sculpture: Piss Break

March 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Sculpture: Piss Break

Piss Break (Robert Lynn Sucks Cock)

Piss Break (Robert Lynn Sucks Cock)
site specific installation (wooden boards in men’s bathroom, Melchers Hall men’s bathroom)
2008

(Just as a point of reference, The title of this work incorporates both the intervention of the boards in the functionality of the bathroom stall, but also the found graffiti in the bathroom stall homophobically insulting the artist.)

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Country Boy In The City (or “Gee, look at all dem buildins!”)

March 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on Country Boy In The City (or “Gee, look at all dem buildins!”)

img_4558.jpgOkay, here’s the scene: an obsessive art nerd (played by the plucky, intrepid Robert Lynn¹) goes to New York to check out the art “scene” for the first time, spending his final college spring break (painters gone wild!) visiting all the major galleries and museums. But wait! What if our hero turns out to be a flannel-wearing-redneck who has never been to a major city before!? Hilarity ensues in this classic fish-out-of-water story.

No, it’s not the description of a questionably green-lighted movie on an extended cable channel this afternoon², its what I did last week thanks to an undergraduate research grant. Besides the dirty subway and rude people, New York blew my mind, as expected. But I’ll let you just fill that in from every TV show you’ve seen and we’ll get down to the serious business of what I’m excited about:

cai.jpgCai Guo Chaing at the Guggenheim was a real sock-knocker-offer, but I couldn’t help but think about how awkwardly the work fit in the space (since it’s a retrospective, almost all of the work was originally site specific elsewhere). At best, the work was a gorgeous and impressive example of just how exciting high-budget contemporary art can be to all kinds of visitors, but at worst it was just derivative visual metaphors presented in the style of cheesy staged roller-coaster decorations (Frank Lloyd Wright’s balconies even force you to pass through them like a carnival ride). Undeniably, however, the video pieces and gunpowder drawings really had me engaged, beyond even the primal “Let’s Go Light Things On Fire!” element (which, by the way, can only do good things for art, as far as I’m concerned).

courbet.jpgSince Jasper Johns and Gustave Courbet are probably the two artists I’ve written the most about since coming to college, seeing their exhibitions at the Met was a pretty great way to encounter that museum for the first time (guess what: it’s big. like really big.). The Courbet was less exciting than I’d hoped—few of his major pieces were there (Stonebreakers is no longer extant and Burial at Ornans never gets loaned out) so it was heavy on early portraits and late landscapes (plus the obligatory naked lesbians). It was fun, though, to imagine walking through the show with Clement Greenberg babbling constantly about formal qualities and the birth of the avant-garde.

johns.jpg Jasper Johns Gray was more interesting to me–by redoing his work in gray, he takes his paintings from a shout to a stage whisper. Eerie and awesome. Fool’s House (left) was probably the highlight, but the whole show was full of work and little secrets I’d never seen or noticed before. [Update 4/27: I loved this show so much I shelled out fifty bucks for the catalogue, only to drill a hole in it for my recent sculpture The Most Valuable Things I Own]

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Color Chart at the MoMA was really heavy on post-modern conceptualism (starting with the forshadowing of Duchamp’s masterpiece Tu m’, which I’ll be blogging about more as the semester comes to a close and my paper on it takes shape), including some fantastic work by Carrie Mae Weems and John Baldessari repainting a room for every day of the week. Come to think of it, polite and orderly color grids or squares were pretty ubiquitous. This was a gigantic contrast to:

THE NEW MUSEUM: (In fact, I was so excited that I’m presenting on this to the Spore Collective, so I’ll blog my exhaustive research as that draws near…

until then,

Roblog

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¹ whose only credits to date include peeing on a cigarette butt in a video art piece

² stars: 1/5

Tags: Art · Art Exhibitions · New York · sculpture · Uncategorized

SPORE!

February 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on SPORE!

Simply put, the Spore Collective Manifesto gives me the freedom to concentrate on art instead of “art class.” For me, the manifesto changes my perspective on my work: in Sculpture I, I focused on making Good Sculpture, (the kind of sculpture that receives murmurs and nods of approval and is formally strong and says “Gee, this undergraduate student really understands how to make a sculpture.”) Now, I’m free to participate in the larger contemporary art dialogue without worrying about those murmurs and head nods and good grades and make my work say more distinct things like, “See how exciting peeing on a cigarette butt can be?”This is important because many of the most pressing issues in contemporary art might fall outside the scope of a typical liberal arts education by, say, violating the honor code* (even our celebrated “spore” is a little white lie) or at least our collective sense of Good Taste.

The dual emphasis on wonderment and risk-taking to me seems to be one goal: real wonderment incites risk-taking–how much wonder could be put into a “safe” piece? one that had all its loose ends tied up before it was even started? Wonder is pulling at a thread to see what unravels, not worrying about what will happen to the sweater if you do. I am glad that a capacity for false starts (or, to extend the metaphor, ruined sweaters) is built into the system. 

Besides, having a manifesto is so much more rock and roll.   

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* What if Richard Prince had to pledge his work?

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The Mysterious Occurrences of Raccoon Self Portraiture

February 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Mysterious Occurrences of Raccoon Self Portraiture

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