Tell Me Everything is a platform for interaction, a split confessional (this view placed on separate floors of PAI) allows guests to interact either as penitent or confessor. A one-way live audio feed allows confessors to listen to the penitents secrets. While this scenario might offer the consolation of anonymity there is also the opportunity for paranoia or at least awkwardness. Who heard your confession? Whose secrets are you now privy to? Tell Me Everything is a sort of social “getting to know you” game that sets in motion scenarios that both mock and celebrate contemporary notions of intimacy and the act of contrition.
All images from installation at the Performance Art Institute of San Francisco as part of the show Micromanagement curated by Sean Fletcher & Isabel Reichert.
The Portrait Project is an ongoing social interaction (since 2005) where the “client” becomes the “artist”. Seemingly set up as a caricature busker’s stand, passersby are solicited not to have their portraits drawn, but instead to create a portrait of the artist. I purchase all the portraits for the same amount regardless of the time spent or the quality of the results, they become mine to exhibit and use –generating questions of ownership and originality, trade, compensation and fairness. Am I, as a trained artist encouraging creativity in others or merely exploiting the naive? This piece further expands and continues my search for the locus of art. Is art originated in the act of creating a situation, in the resultant work or in some other shifting loci?
Triptych | Trinity a performance by proxy for the CrossCut Humane Slaughter Acts Performance Festival held at the Slaughter House Space in Healdsburg CA.
For this work the performance are is staged with a vintage school desk atop which rests a cassette player. Each of the three performers take turns picking up the player, moving front and center and playing a recorded true* story from my time at Catholic school.
The following is a short excerpt from Story 1–The Library: It’s weird how clearly I remember walking into the library that day, and not just cause of what happened, I think I’d remember that day even if all we did was read. That’s cause it was fall, right in-between coming back to school after summer and before going on Christmas holidays and when we opened the big wooden doors into the library it … Read More »
There are more microbes in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on the earth. – James J. Hoorman & Rafiq Islam, OSU Extension
Colony is an ongoing, iterative social work and sculpture wherein soil acts as proxy for the artistic body. Guests are encouraged to take “seed” soil from the installation and colonize their land with microorganisms from mine. Pre-addressed and stamped postcards are provided to track the soil diaspora. Significant gestures & objects are appropriated and repurposed in effect “colonizing” art history, religious ritual and universal gifting customs.
Colony 2019, valise, soil, self portrait, post-cards, compostable bags and wood.
Colony, at The Garage in San Francisco, CA 2006